November 18 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

We had a great time at Children’s Church.  It would not have been possible without the help of all the people who volunteered and helped.  Thank you to all who participated and made it a success.  It was great to see all of those children worshiping God with all their little hearts and energy.  There we were after they had been through four different rotations and had been there for several hours but all the kids sang with all their energy.  They were tired but the minute we began to sing songs the atmosphere totally changed.  The kids were very excited to worship and sing praises to God.

It is amazing that regardless of what else has been going on in their lives all these kids were ready to worship.  We must learn to be more like children.  It is important to learn how to put things aside and worship.  Sometimes as adults we allow events in our lives to affect our desire to worship.  When we least feel like worshiping God is when we should do it most.  When we worship God we are drawn closer to him.  The Bible tells us in Psalm 22:3, that God inhabits the praises of His children.  When we praise God, He inhabits that praise and is in the midst of that praise.  So when the children were praising God it brought God into our very presence.  When we praise God it does the very same thing.  That is exactly why when we feel least like praise, it is a time when we should do our best to try and praise Him.  Many times when we don’t feel like praising it’s because we are distant from God and thus we should do what we can to get closer to Him.

So let’s take the advice of Jesus.  He said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”

Matthew 18:3-5.  Let’s change and become more like the little children.  Let us come into the house of the Lord and leave everything that has happened to us throughout the day, week or month, and worship God with all our hearts and energy.  As we do this we will be drawn closer to God and He will be in our very midst.

Blessings to you and yours,

 Pastor Juan Fresse

 

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

Shout out to Debbie Stanton and our Children’s Church team. And thank you to the adult Sabbath School class leaders who moved their classes to make room for Children’s Church to take place.

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Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 amPastor Kara Johnsson will be presenting our Bible message titled “Economy of God.”

Guest Potluck – If you are new to Sunnyside or visiting from out of town, we would like to invite you to get to know our church better over lunch. The Geschke and Johnson Sabbath School Classes will be hosting today’s lunch in the Willamette room following our second service.

This afternoon at 4:00 pm, we will enjoy Evensong, with the spoken word. “Reflections on Thanksgiving” will feature Robert Schmidt at the organ and James Robertson with the spoken word. You won’t want to miss this spiritually enriching event.

Church Announcements

If you would like to sing in a Christmas choir on Sabbath, December 23, contact Pollyanna Moody, 503-502-1376 or pollyhan@aol.com. Rehearsals will begin Thursday, November 16, 7:00 pm.

Sunnyside Pathfinders and Adventurers are doing a food drive to collect non-perishable foods for their annual Thanksgiving baskets. They plan on giving out 55 food baskets this year. Your help is appreciated. You may leave your food donations on the table in the Narthex. Cash donations may be put in a tithe envelope and marked “Family Resource Network.” Our specific needs are:

Turkey/Tofurkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy mix, green beans, mushroom soup, fried onions, cranberries, pumpkin pie, whipped cream, sparkling cider, rolls, sweet potatoes/yams, apples, oranges, pears, carrots and other root vegetables, onions, celery, eggs, butter, dried beans, rice, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, and any nonperishable food items.

During the first four Sabbaths of December, we will be having only one worship service. Our Bible study will be at 10:00 am and our worship service will begin at 11:15 am.

December 2 weekend, Walla Walla University’s Center for Bible, Faith and Mission will present “Christians in a Polarized Public Square.” The schedule and speakers are as follows:

  7:00 pm, Friday: “Family, Church, Politics: The Same Model for  All Three?”
– Alden Thompson
2:00 pm, Sabbath, “Daring to be a Daniel: The Lion’s Den of   American Politics”
– Andre Wang
3:15 pm: “Religious Liberty: The Adventist Dilemma”
– Dave Thomas
4:45 pm: Book sale in the Narthex

Friday, December 8, 7:00 pm, Portland Adventist Academy will present their Christmas concert here at Sunnyside.

Investment Labels! Remember when you collected and turned in labels from Worthington and Loma Linda cans for missions? The label collecting idea is not just a thing of the past. It is still alive and well and has increased in rewards for missions. Labels (including UPC code) from Worthington, Loma Linda, and Caroline’s will pay $.25 each. Cedar Lake, Heritage, Worthington frozen, Kim’s Simple Meals, are .05 each and Norpac Foods, Flav-R-Pac, Santiam, and Westpac are .05 each. Take the time now to save these labels and help build funds for missions. Bring them in, turn them in at children’s Sabbath School, or directly to the Sabbath School secretaries. Every nickel counts!

Family Resource Network – Thank you for your continued support that has helped so many people in their time of need. Place your funds in an envelope marked Family Resource Network, account number 488. Current Needs: washer and dryer, blankets, and a dresser. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

Life at Sunnyside

Praise Team

Diana Ogaz

Jaclyn Russell

Andre Wang

Laurel Jessop

Alex Sidorenko, Sr.

Doug Tilstra, PhD

Adventist Education

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

Please mark your calendars for the following event:

Annual Harvest Festival – 11/18, 6:30 pm  PAES Gym
Games, food fun! Come enjoy a night at PAES. One can of food for entrance. Tickets for sale inside.

Visit our website (paes.com) and check out our school’s blog to read about what’s happening at school. Our year is off to a wonderful start!

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org/news

AREA EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

November 18, 4:00 pm. His Praise Men’s Chorus Concert.
is Praise is a group of about 30 men drawn from the Portland and Vancouver areas and from all walks of life, directed by Charlie Drury, who have one thing in common, they love to sing gospel music.
Event Location: Rockwood Church.

November 20, 6:30 pm: Struggling with Grief?
Come join a community of support with:

  • Guest speakers offering ways to lessen holiday pain
  • Other people who are also grieving
  • Live music of comfort
  • Helpful resource available to you
  • Light refreshments

Guest speakers, Chaplain Pam, Sue Nelson, and Terry Camdige.
Please RSVP by November 9, 503-251-6105.
Event Location: Adventist Medical Center, Amphitheaters C & D

December 9, 7:00 pm: Fountainview Academy Orchestra & Choir.
Fountainview is returning to Bend to enrich, inspire, and remind us that the greatest Gift of the season, of life, is our Redeemer and King. Join us for an unforgettable evening of hope and glory as this prominent young group of musicians present “Come, Let Us Adore Him” during their annual Christmas tour. This is a complementary and non-ticketed event. All are welcome and early arrival is highly recommended as seating will be limited. For more information visit http://fountainviewacademy.ca/music/ or contact Jonathan and Janelle Kasabasic at jonathanandjanelle@hotmail.com.
Event Location: Bend First Presbyterian Church.

 

 

 

 

 

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November 11 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

 This past week has been another intense one for our country and world, and I know it can leave one feeling a little shell-shocked. It can be easy to get caught up in the horror, the fear, the ongoing media updates which are informative but can also be consuming. There is often another wave of Facebook shares, stating that these events clearly herald Jesus’ Second Coming. However, Jesus is clear in his admonition not to predict his coming; in Matthew 24 he tells us ahead of time not to be alarmed, that there will be trouble in this world, and that it will continue to get worse. Rather, that we are to be faithful in our walk with him, that we continue to live and work for his glory rather than retreating in fear and as we do this, we are to take care of the vulnerable (Matthew 25).

On Tuesday morning, I awoke early and was greeted by an incredible sunrise – I am sure many of you will have appreciated it, but I took a picture for you, just in case! It reminded me that though there is chaos all around, that our God is sovereign still, and that even though evil still causes pain, He continues to create beauty. I encourage you to take some time this weekend to sit in beauty and meditate on your identity as God’s dearly loved child. Let that love cast out the fear that so easily intrudes.z

 In Him,

 Pastor Kara Johnsson

 

 

 

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

Shout out to Tom Stafford for doing such a great job in leading out in the men’s study group.

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Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 amDoug Tilstra, PhD, VP of Walla Walla University’s Student Life will be presenting our Bible message titled “Desperation and Dumb Questions.”

Children’s Church begins at 10:00 am, today in the Fellowship Hall. The children will have their own church service. This is a time for singing, praising, and worshiping God with their peers. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7.

Guest Potluck – If you are new to Sunnyside or visiting from out of town, we would like to invite you to get to know our church better over lunch. The Rippey Sabbath School Class will be hosting today’s lunch in the Willamette room following our second service.

This afternoon at 3:30 pm, the Walla Walla University nursing students will have their dedication. Everyone is invited to join in this solemn celebration.

 

Church Announcements

If you would like to sing in a Christmas choir on Sabbath, December 23, contact Pollyanna Moody, 503-502-1376 or pollyhan@aol.com. Rehearsals will begin Thursday, November 16, 7:00 pm.

Sunnyside Pathfinders and Adventurers are doing a food drive to collect non-perishable foods for their annual Thanksgiving baskets. They plan on giving out 55 food baskets this year. Your help is appreciated. You may leave your food donations on the table in the Narthex. Cash donations may be put in a tithe envelope and marked “Family Resource Network.” Our specific needs are:

Turkey/Tofurkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy mix, green beans, mushroom soup, fried onions, cranberries, pumpkin pie, whipped cream, sparkling cider, rolls, sweet potatoes/yams, apples, oranges, pears, carrots and other root vegetables, onions, celery, eggs, butter, dried beans, rice, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, and any nonperishable food items.

 November 18, 4:00 pm, we will enjoy Evensong, with the spoken word. “Reflections on Thanksgiving” will feature Robert Schmidt at the organ and James Robertson with the spoken word. Plan now to attend this spiritually enriching event.

During the month of December, we will be having only one worship service. Our Bible study will be at 10:00 am and our worship service will begin at 11:15 am.

Investment Labels! Remember when you collected and turned in labels from Worthington and Loma Linda cans for missions? The label collecting idea is not just a thing of the past. It is still alive and well and has increased in rewards for missions. Labels (including UPC code) from Worthington, Loma Linda, and Caroline’s will pay $.25 each. Cedar Lake, Heritage, Worthington frozen, Kim’s Simple Meals, are .05 each and Norpac Foods, Flav-R-Pac, Santiam, and Westpac are .05 each. Take the time now to save these labels and help build funds for missions. Bring them in, turn them in at children’s Sabbath School, or directly to the Sabbath School secretaries. Every nickel counts!

Family Resource Network – Thank you for your continued support that has helped so many people in their time of need. Place your funds in an envelope marked Family Resource Network, account number 488. Current Needs: washer and dryer, blankets, and a dresser. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

Life at Sunnyside

Adventist Education

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

Please mark your calendars for the following event:

Harvest Festival – 11/18

Visit our website (paes.com) and check out our school’s blog to read about what’s happening at school. Our year is off to a wonderful start!

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org/news

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

PAA Fall Open House – http://paasda.org/news/fall-open-house-november-16-630pm
An Open House information night is happening at Portland Adventist Academy for families not already attending Adventist elementary schools. Join us on November 16, 6:30 pm for a campus tour, and Q&A time with teachers and administrators. Enjoy food from our Farm-to-Table kitchen and learn more about scholarships, sports, music, mission trips and more. If you know someone who would benefit from a Christ-centered and character-driven education, please let them know! Find out more at www.paasda.org or call us at 503.255.8372.

AREA EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

December 9, 7:00 pm: Fountainview Academy Orchestra & Choir.
Fountainview is returning to Bend to enrich, inspire, and remind us that the greatest Gift of the season, of life, is our Redeemer and King. Join us for an unforgettable evening of hope and glory as this prominent young group of musicians present “Come, Let Us Adore Him” during their annual Christmas tour. This is a complementary and non-ticketed event. All are welcome and early arrival is highly recommended as seating will be limited. For more information visit http://fountainviewacademy.ca/music/ or contact Jonathan and Janelle Kasabasic at jonathanandjanelle@hotmail.com.
Event Location: Bend First Presbyterian Church.

JOB OPENINGS

Child Development Center DiscoveryLand.
Now hiring qualified infant/toddler and preschool teachers. For more information or to apply call 503-209-1984. Email resume to pdifam76@hotmail.com.
Location: Mt. Tabor Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Rose City Park Presbyterian Church needs a lead child care attendant staring in November. The attendant will supervise the assistant attendant and volunteers. Must be at least 21 years of age. Hours: Sunday mornings, 9:15 to 12:15. Send cover letter and resume to rcppcpersonnel@gmail.com. Attention: Gail Black by November 14.

 

 

 

 

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November 4 Communiqué

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Greetings Church Family,

 Last Sabbath I got to spend the day with our Pathfinders exploring Mt. St. Helens. Throughout the day, we explored the devastating effects of the 1980 eruption. At the Johnston Ridge Observatory, pathfinders learned of landslides, blast zones, and mudflows. They saw the effects on the landscape, the trees, the wildlife. They saw pictures of the monochrome moonscape that was the result of the disaster.

Around the campfire that night, I asked the kids what their study had taught them about who God is. One noted, “I was amazed at how God made nature to recover so beautifully.” They had noticed that where there used to be desolation, beauty has sprung again. Through the work of groundhogs churning the soil, the migration of elk and the power of their scat, and many other natural processes, the beauty of Mt. St. Helens is slowly being restored.

It’s true: out of the desolate tragedy of explosive destruction, something beautiful is emerging. It’s such an important lesson for us to remember. Our God is a God of grace.  e’s a God of re-creation. God sees the broken pieces, the hidden trials, the profound challenges of human life. Then in the soil of that pain, he plants the seeds of hope that will mature into beauty.

Today, I’m thankful that our God is one who revels in re-creation. Because that means there’s still hope for me.

May God grant each of us a beautiful Sabbath blessing as we seek his presence this weekend.

Blessings,

Pastor Jonathan Russell

  

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

Shout out to our translators who every week diligently translate our service into Romanian and Kiswahili. Thank you for doing such a great job.

 

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Our monthly fellowship potluck will immediately follow our second service. Please join us for some great food, good fellowship and to make new acquaintances.

This afternoon at 2:00 pm, the Pathfinders will have their IA, and at 3:00 pm, the Adventurers will have their Induction and Blessing. You are all invited to come and join us in celebration of our young members.

At 5:00 pm, Encounters With God will meet in the Youth Room. Brooke Stafford will be our featured speaker.

Church Announcements

Children’s Church will be November 11, 10:00 am. The children will have their own church service in the fellowship hall. This is a time for singing, praising, and worshiping God with their peers. Be sure to bring your children, grandchildren, neighbors, and friends to join us. If you’d like to register in advance go to www.SunnysideAdventist.org. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7.

If you would like to sing in a Christmas choir on Sabbath, December 23, contact Pollyanna Moody, 503-502-1376 or pollyhan@aol.com. Rehearsals will begin Thursday, November 16, 7:00 pm.

 November 18, 4:00 pm, we will enjoy Evensong, with the spoken word. “Reflections on Thanksgiving” will feature Robert Schmidt at the organ and James Robertson with the spoken word. Plan now to attend this spiritually enriching event.

During the month of December, we will be having only one worship service. Our Bible study will be at 10:00 am and our worship service will begin at 11:15 am.

Family Resource Network – Thank you for your continued support that has helped so many people in their time of need. Place your funds in an envelope marked Family Resource Network, account number 488. Current Needs: washer and dryer, blankets, and a dresser. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

Adventist Education

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

PAES wishes to thank Pastor Fresse for spending time on campus both Tuesdays and Thursdays. We enjoy your visits and appreciate the time you are investing in our students. THANK YOU!!!

Please mark your calendars for the following events:

Home & School Meeting – 11/06
Parent/Teacher Conferences – 11/09
Harvest Festival – 11/18

Visit our website (paes.com) and check out our school’s blog to read about what’s happening at school. Our year is off to a wonderful start!

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org/news

The Portland Adventist Academy book fair happens Sunday, November 5, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at Barnes & Noble in Clackamas Town Center. You can also participate online at www.barnesandnoble.com, November 5 through 10 (use the PAA code at checkout: 12226049). The book fair will feature music from student musicians, work from art students, and visits with “Norm,” the cougar mascot. Portions of all Barnes & Noble and in-store Café purchases will help our English department fund Project Based Learning materials and events.

Volunteers are needed for the Portland Adventist Academy book fair event on Sunday, November 5 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The event happens at the Clackamas Town Center Barnes & Noble store. You may contact Deanne Sparks for more information dsparks@paasda.org or call PAA at 503.255.8372.

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

PAASS Auction Donations Needed – http://paasda.org/news/donate-paass-auction-november-8 Portland Adventist Academy is eagerly accepting donated items and services for our upcoming auction to support student scholarships. From airline miles, season tickets, time-share weekends, photography, massage and more, your donations make a big difference. Contact Dawn for more information: djohnson@paasda.org or 503.255.8372.

PAA Fall Open House – http://paasda.org/news/fall-open-house-november-16-630pm
An Open House information night is happening at Portland Adventist Academy for families not already attending Adventist elementary schools. Join us on November 16, 6:30 pm for a campus tour, and Q&A time with teachers and administrators. Enjoy food from our Farm-to-Table kitchen and learn more about scholarships, sports, music, mission trips and more. If you know someone who would benefit from a Christ-centered and character-driven education, please let them know! Find out more at www.paasda.org or call us at 503.255.8372.

Rivergate Elementary School
You are invited to join us in the Rivergate gym on November 9, at 10:00 am, for our annual Veterans Day Program. Our guest speaker this year is Dr. Terry Johnsson.

Walla Walla University
November 8, 4 pm and 7 pm: How to Pay for College.
Walla Walla University will host a free online webinar for prospective students and their parents. This 40-minute presentation will be led by experts from WWU Student Financial Services, and Marketing and Enrollment Services. After the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions.
Register at sfs.wallawalla.edu/webinars.

Walla Walla University alumni are invited to join President John McVay for two events in the Battle Ground, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, areas.

  • Friday, November 10, Vespers (light dinner provided) and WWU news update, Meadow Glade SDA Church, 11011 NE 189th Street, Battle Ground, 6:00 pm. Please RSVP by November 6. Call Alumni and Advancement services at 800-377-2586 or send email to alumni@wallawalla.edu.
  • Saturday, November 11, Complimentary alumni dinner and a university update at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 12725 SE 93rd Ave., Clackamas, 7:30 pm. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by November 6. Call Alumni and Advancement services at 800-377-2586 or send email to alumni@wallawalla.edu.

Area Events & Announcements

October 15 – November 5: Adventist Book Center Fall Case Food & Book Sale.
Download flyer at abcflyer.com.

December 9, 7:00 pm: Fountainview Academy Orchestra & Choir.
Fountainview is returning to Bend to enrich, inspire, and remind us that the greatest Gift of the season, of life, is our Redeemer and King. Join us for an unforgettable evening of hope and glory as this prominent young group of musicians present “Come Let Us Adore Him” during their annual Christmas tour. This is a complementary and non-ticketed event. All are welcome and early arrival is highly recommended as seating will be limited. For more information visit http://fountainviewacademy.ca/music/ or contact Jonathan and Janelle Kasabasic at jonathanandjanelle@hotmail.com.
Event Location: Bend First Presbyterian Church.

 

JOB OPENINGS

Child Development Center DiscoveryLand.
Now hiring qualified infant/toddler and preschool teachers. For more information or to apply call 503-209-1984. Email resume to pdifam76@hotmail.com.
Location: Mt. Tabor Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Rose City Park Presbyterian Church needs a lead child care attendant staring in November. The attendant will supervise the assistant attendant and volunteers. Must be at least 21 years of age. Hours: Sunday mornings, 9:15 to 12:15. Send cover letter and resume to rcppcpersonnel@gmail.com. Attention: Gail Black by November 14.

 

 

 

 

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October 28 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

I have been very thankful for all the opportunities that my children have been given here as part of our Sunnyside community.  As a member of this community, those same opportunities are available to you as well.  This includes the Seventh-day Adventist schools that we support.  There, students can be part of a school band or choir, play sports and get an education in a Seventh-day Adventist Christian environment.  Sometimes within these contexts, God allows us to get a glimpse of the divine.

This past week the Portland Adventist Elementary School coed soccer team had a playoff game.  These youngsters practiced and played hard from the beginning of the school year.  They had an excellent season and went undefeated not having lost one match all school year.  My son played on this team and greatly enjoyed it.  For the playoff game, they had a rematch with a team that they had previously defeated but had played a tough match.  This team once again gave them a tough match and PAES wound up losing the match by a score of 2-1.  After playing an undefeated season, it was very tough on the kids to lose in the semifinal round.  They were hopeful of winning and advancing to the championship game.  This whole experience allowed them an opportunity to experience loss and to learn how to deal with it.

As we prepared to leave I talked with my son and begin to tell him that they played a good game.  His emotion and hurt began to show on his face.  He was in the process of dealing with the loss and the emotions that it stirred in him.  When I saw him hurting my heart also began to ache for him.  My voice cracked a little as I put my arm around his shoulder and tried to compose myself.  I did my best to help him deal with his situation.  At that point, I just continued to hold him close and let him deal with his emotions.  After a little while, we talked more in depth about what happened and how it made him feel.  This experience made me think of our interaction with Jesus and what He does for each of us.

When we are hurting God hurts as well.  We can see this through Jesus’ own example while on earth.  The Bible says, “When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled” (John 11:33 NIV).  Two verses later we find the shortest verse in the Bible, “Jesus wept.”  He wept because they were weeping, He hurt because they hurt, He was troubled because they were troubled.  Jesus empathized with them.  These people were struggling with emotions dealing with the death of a loved one, but Jesus knew that Lazarus was about to be brought back to life.  Yet He still was troubled, hurt and wept with them.

We as sinful human beings are so moved by the emotions of our loved ones even over the simplest of things – what about Jesus?  He who holds us in such high regard that He was willing to give His life for us is moved by our hurts, emotions, and feelings.  Whether you are dealing with emotions regarding the loss of a game or a loved you, Jesus feels your pain.  He not only feels your pain, but He is right there with you.  He wraps His arms around you and holds you during your distress.  So regardless of what you have dealt with this week, or are dealing with today know that Jesus cares.  He wants to wrap you in His loving arms and help you to deal with the things happening in your life.  Just let Him do it and talk it out with Him.

Blessings to you and yours,

Pastor Juan Fresse

 

  

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

Have you noticed our new plants at the entrance of the church? These are provided by the Wescotts in celebration of the lives of Wellington Manullang and David Bradshaw. Thank you, Lloyd and Lorrie!

 

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Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 amGregg Dodds, PhD, from Walla Walla University, will present our Bible message titled “Luther’s Revolution – Protestantism’s 500th Anniversary.” 

Sunnyside’s Reformation Festival, tonight at 6:00 pm, features Greg Dodds, PhD, Chair of History at Walla Walla University. He will deliver a pre-concert lecture titled “500 Years of Reformation,” regarding the historical setting of the Reformation. Immediately following, at 7:00 pm, the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus and guest singers will present a festival of hymns and anthems celebrating the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation.

Church Announcements

November 3, 7:15 pm: First Friday.
All are invited for an evening of inspirational music and a message of hope. This month we feature Pastor Doug’s Panel of Caring along with uplifting music by the Ohana Worship Band. Come early to enjoy a free soup and salad meal at 5:30 pm. First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship, and we encourage you to join us. Register at https://www.adventisthealth.org/Portland/event/first-friday-soup-and-salad-dinner.
Event Location: Adventist Medical Center Amphitheater.

Children’s Church will be November 11, 10:00 am. The children will have their own church service in the fellowship hall. This is a time for singing, praising, and worshiping God with their peers. Be sure to bring your children, grandchildren, neighbors, and friends to join us. If you’d like to register in advance go to www.SunnysideAdventist.org. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7.

 November 18, 4:00 pm, we will enjoy Evensong, with the spoken word. “Reflections on Thanksgiving” will feature Robert Schmidt at the organ and James Robertson with the spoken word. Plan now to attend this spiritually enriching event.

Family Resource Network – Thank you for your continued support that has helped so many people in their time of need. Place your funds in an envelope marked Family Resource Network, account number 488. Current Needs: washer and dryer, blankets, and a dresser. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

A memorial service for Bruce Crosby will be held at City Sanctuary SDA Church, 1640 NW Irving Street, Portland, OR   97209, on Sabbath, October 28, at 3:00 pm Bruce passed away unexpectedly with cancer. In lieu of flowers, please donate to City Sanctuary SDA Church.

Life at Sunnyside

Men’s Wednesday Morning Study Group

Adventist Education

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

PAES wishes to thank Pastor Fresse for spending time on campus both Tuesdays and Thursdays. We enjoy your visits and appreciate the time you are investing in our students. THANK YOU!!!

Please mark your calendars for the following events:

Home & School Meeting – 11/06
Parent/Teacher Conferences – 11/09
Harvest Festival – 11/18

Visit our website (paes.com) and check out our school’s blog to read about what’s happening at school. Our year is off to a wonderful start!

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org/news

The Portland Adventist Academy book fair happens Sunday, November 5, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at Barnes & Noble in Clackamas Town Center. You can also participate online at www.barnesandnoble.com, November 5 through 10 (use the PAA code at checkout: 12226049). The book fair will feature music from student musicians, work from art students, and visits with “Norm,” the cougar mascot. Portions of all Barnes & Noble and in-store Café purchases will help our English department fund Project Based Learning materials and events.

Volunteers are needed for the Portland Adventist Academy book fair event on Sunday, November 5 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The event happens at the Clackamas Town Center Barnes & Noble store. You may contact Deanne Sparks for more information dsparks@paasda.org or call PAA at 503.255.8372.

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

Rivergate Elementary School
You are invited to join us in the Rivergate gym on November 9, at 10:00 am, for our annual Veterans Day Program. Our guest speaker this year is Dr. Terry Johnsson.

Walla Walla University
November 8, 4 pm and 7 pm: How to Pay for College.
Walla Walla University will host a free online webinar for prospective students and their parents. This 40-minute presentation will be led by experts from WWU Student Financial Services, and Marketing and Enrollment Services. After the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions.
Register at sfs.wallawalla.edu/webinars.

Walla Walla University alumni are invited to join President John McVay for two events in the Battle Ground, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, areas.

  • Friday, November 10, Vespers (light dinner provided) and WWU news update, Meadow Glade SDA Church, 11011 NE 189th Street, Battle Ground, 6:00 pm. Please RSVP by November 6. Call Alumni and Advancement services at 800-377-2586 or send email to alumni@wallawalla.edu.
  • Saturday, November 11, Complimentary alumni dinner and a university update at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 12725 SE 93rd Ave., Clackamas, 7:30 pm. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by November 6. Call Alumni and Advancement services at 800-377-2586 or send email to alumni@wallawalla.edu.

Area Events & Announcements

October 15 – November 5: Adventist Book Center Fall Case Food & Book Sale.
Download flyer at abcflyer.com.

October 30: Life Line Screening.
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call toll-free 1-888-653-6441 or visit  http://lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word circle to 797979Event Location: Healing Hope Seventh-Day Adventist Fellowship.

Oct. 30-Nov. 4, 7:00 pm: Reimagining God with Ty Gibson
God. The very word evokes the best and worst of feelings. What kind of God do you believe in? Or maybe you don’t believe, which begs the question, “What kind of God do you not believe in?” Join us nightly as international speaker and author Ty Gibson paints an astonishingly desirable picture of God that you may find irresistible. Join us nightly with free soup supper at 6:15 pm.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.

December 9, 7:00 pm: Fountainview Academy Orchestra & Choir.
Fountainview is returning to Bend to enrich, inspire, and remind us that the greatest Gift of the season, of life, is our Redeemer and King. Join us for an unforgettable evening of hope and glory as this prominent young group of musicians present “Come Let Us Adore Him” during their annual Christmas tour. This is a complementary and non-ticketed event. All are welcome and early arrival is highly recommended as seating will be limited. For more information visit http://fountainviewacademy.ca/music/ or contact Jonathan and Janelle Kasabasic at jonathanandjanelle@hotmail.com.
Event Location: Bend First Presbyterian Church.

Volunteer Job Opportunities:
Needed Now • Adventist Health Hospice
Make a difference as a Hospice volunteer!
Needed Now – Throughout the Portland Area Adventist Health Hospice patients need your gift of time as a volunteer! The hours are flexible, whether you can commit a few hours a week, or just a few hours a month. We provide thorough training. If you feel called, please contact the Adventist Health Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at 503-251-6192, ext. 56420 or by email at murphydl@ah.org.

JOB OPENINGS (Immediate) – PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) is seeking two part-time Goods Processing Supervisors to supervise volunteers and oversee processing of goods donated to the thrift store. Must be able to lift 25+ lbs. Please send resume to paul.cole@pacsonline.org or mail to 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220.

PACS also needs volunteers in the following areas:

  • Thrift Store (item sorters and cashiers)
  • Truck drivers (no CDL required)
  • Truck riders
  • Health Clinic (Doctors, LPN, RNs Mas)
  • Food Pantry
  • Translators (all areas, also COW)

 

 

 

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October 21 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

This week I am privileged to write to you from Cannon Beach as I experience a week-long intensive in my doctoral studies. While here I have been reflecting on some of the stories in Luke. In Luke chapter 5, Jesus approaches Simon who was cleaning his nets after a night of fishing and asks him to push back out a bit into the water in order for Jesus to teach. I can imagine how tired Simon must have been – all night fishing. Add to that the fact that very few fish, if any, were caught, and you have the makings of a grumpy man, to say the least! I can imagine that he was pretty keen to get home for some rest. And then Jesus asks to use his boat for a while, delaying the plans for sleep! He agrees, and they push out for a bit. However, when the teaching is done, rather than coming back to shore, Jesus asks him to push out into deeper water and let his nets down again. They had only just finished cleaning the nets – not a quick task to do! And the likelihood of catching anything during the day was almost non-existent. Yet he answers Jesus, “Because you ask, I will.”

There is a time in our journeys with God where He asks to join us in our boats, just a little bit off the shore, as He teaches us. But then there are times in our walk that He asks us to go with Him into deeper water and let down our nets. And it can sometimes seem inconvenient, crazy, or even humanly impossible. But He sees the depths of the waters that He calls us to, and like Simon Peter, the experience is far beyond what we can imagine.

“Because you ask, I will.”

Pastor Kara Johnsson

  

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

A special shout out to Jackee Duvall, Debbie Stanton, Donna Schmidt, Lorie Ramey, and the FaithLift ladies for their help with the NPUC Children’s Leadership Conference and the strong support from Sunnyside in sending so many leaders.

 Thank you from the deaconesses to Lloyd Wescott for making the soup for the Parables of Jesus suppers.


This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 amPastor Juan Fresse will present our Bible message titled “His Kingdom or Mine?”

Sunday, October 22, 4:00 pm, Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra will be presenting their Fall concert here at Sunnyside. Plan now to attend this free concert.

Church Announcements

Sunnyside’s Reformation Festival, October 28, 6:00 pm, features Greg Dodds

 

, PhD, Chair of History at Walla Walla University. He will deliver a pre-concert lecture titled “500 Years of Reformation,” regarding the historical setting of the Reformation. Immediately following, at 7:00 pm, the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus and guest singers will present a festival of hymns and anthems celebrating the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation.

Ladies and gentlemen! If you haven’t had the chance to check out our study groups, wehave a ladies’ Bible study group and a men’s Bible study group that each meet Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am. All are welcome. Stop by and check them out. We would love to have you join us.

 

Family Resource Network – Thank you for your continued support that has helped so many people in their time of need. Place your funds in an envelope marked Family Resource Network, account number 488. Current Needs: washer and dryer, blankets, and a dresser. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

A memorial service for Bruce Crosby will be held at City Sanctuary SDA Church, 1640 NW Irving Street, Portland, OR   97209, on Sabbath, October 28, at 3:00 pm Bruce passed away unexpectedly with cancer. In lieu of flowers, please donate to City Sanctuary SDA Church Ministries.

Children’s Church will be November 11, 10:00 am. The children will have their own church service in the fellowship hall. This is a time for singing, praising, and worshiping God with their peers. Be sure to bring your children, grandchildren, neighbors, and friends to join us. If you’d like to register in advance go to www.SunnysideAdventist.org. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7.


Adventist Education

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

PAES wishes to thank Pastor Fresse for spending time on campus both Tuesdays and Thursdays. We enjoy your visits and appreciate the time you are investing in our students. THANK YOU!!!

Please mark your calendars for the following events:

Home & School Meeting – 11/06
Parent/Teacher Conferences – 11/09
Harvest Festival – 11/18

Visit our website (paes.com) and check out our school’s blog to read about what’s happening at school. Our year is off to a wonderful start!

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org/news

The Portland Adventist Academy book fair happens Sunday, November 5, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at Barnes & Noble in Clackamas Town Center. You can also participate online at www.barnesandnoble.com, November 5 through 10 (use the PAA code at checkout: 12226049). The book fair will feature music from student musicians, work from art students, and visits with “Norm,” the cougar mascot. Portions of all Barnes & Noble and in-store Café purchases will help our English department fund Project Based Learning materials and events.

Volunteers are needed for the Portland Adventist Academy book fair event on Sunday, November 5 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The event happens at the Clackamas Town Center Barnes & Noble store. You may contact Deanne Sparks for more information dsparks@paasda.org or call PAA at 503.255.8372.

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

Rivergate Elementary School
You are invited to join us in the Rivergate gym on November 9, at 10:00 am, for our annual Veterans Day Program. Our guest speaker this year is Dr. Terry Johnsson.

Walla Walla University

November 8, 4 pm and 7 pm: How to Pay for College.
Walla Walla University will host a free online webinar for prospective students and their parents. This 40-minute presentation will be led by experts from WWU Student Financial Services, and Marketing and Enrollment Services. After the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions.
Register at sfs.wallawalla.edu/webinars.

Walla Walla University alumni are invited to join President John McVay for two events in the Battle Ground, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, areas.

  • Friday, November 10, Vespers (light dinner provided) and WWU news update, Meadow Glade SDA Church, 11011 NE 189th Street, Battle Ground, 6:00 pm. Please RSVP by November 6. Call Alumni and Advancement services at 800-377-2586 or send email to alumni@wallawalla.edu.
  • Saturday, November 11, Complimentary alumni dinner and a university update at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 12725 SE 93rd Ave., Clackamas, 7:30 pm. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by November 6. Call Alumni and Advancement services at 800-377-2586 or send email to alumni@wallawalla.edu.

Area Events & Announcements

October 15 – November 5: Adventist Book Center Fall Case Food & Book Sale.
Download flyer at abcflyer.com.

October 30: Life Line Screening.
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call toll-free 1-888-653-6441 or visit  http://lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word circle to 797979Event Location: Healing Hope Seventh-Day Adventist Fellowship.

December 9, 7:00 pm: Fountainview Academy Orchestra & Choir.
Fountainview is returning to Bend to enrich, inspire, and remind us that the greatest Gift of the season, of life, is our Redeemer and King. Join us for an unforgettable evening of hope and glory as this prominent young group of musicians present “Come Let Us Adore Him” during their annual Christmas tour. This is a complementary and non-ticketed event. All are welcome and early arrival is highly recommended as seating will be limited. For more information visit http://fountainviewacademy.ca/music/ or contact Jonathan and Janelle Kasabasic at jonathanandjanelle@hotmail.com.
Event Location: Bend SDA Church.

Volunteer Job Opportunities:
Needed Now • Adventist Health Hospice
Make a difference as a Hospice volunteer!
Needed Now – Throughout the Portland Area Adventist Health Hospice patients need your gift of time as a volunteer! There is no experience needed to be a Patient Companion Volunteer–just a compassionate heart for people and the desire to make a patient’s remaining days as fulfilling as possible. It is about the gift of your presence and spending just a little of your time to sit with those who are facing the end of their lives. Sometimes, it’s just to talk or read to them or share stories and laughter…at other times…you could help record a life history, play music, cards or board games with them, and even share a hobby with them. It’s as individual as you are. Help us match you with a waiting need. Caregivers need the blessing of your time to take care of themselves. This allows them to return “recharged” to tend to their loved one. Hospice patients sometimes have no family and can be greatly moved by your presence. These are momentous gifts. And there are numerous options in how you can help. Volunteers work out in the field – in patient’s homes, adult care homes, or nursing homes, wherever a patient might call home. The hours are flexible, whether you can commit a few hours a week, or just a few hours a month. We provide thorough training. If you feel called, please contact the Adventist Health Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at 503-251-6192, ext. 56420 or by email at murphydl@ah.org.

JOB OPENINGS (Immediate) – PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) is seeking two part-time Goods Processing Supervisors to supervise volunteers and oversee processing of goods donated to the thrift store. Must be able to lift 25+ lbs. Please send resume to paul.cole@pacsonline.org or mail to 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220.

PACS also needs volunteers in the following areas:

  • Thrift Store (item sorters and cashiers)
  • Truck drivers (no CDL required)
  • Truck riders
  • Health Clinic (Doctors, LPN, RNs Mas)
  • Food Pantry
  • Translators (all areas, also COW)

 

 

 

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October 14 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

The world needs good news! My wife and I learned that lesson the hard way about nine years ago. I was at seminary and it was nearing time for us to come home to Oregon for Christmas. It would be the trip that nightmares are made of.

* Ten days before we left, Lucy and I were in a nasty rollover accident on an icy highway.
* On the day of the trip, we accidentally slept in and almost missed our flight from Chicago.
* As we landed in Las Vegas, the snow began to fall. It was beautiful! Until 1/4” of snow closed the Las Vegas airport for almost 12 hours.
* We stayed overnight in a hotel without our clothes, baby supplies, and anything else.
* The next day, we landed in Portland just as Snowmaggedon 2008 began.  Like many others, we were stuck inside for 4 days…with a 1-year-old.
* The 1-year-old got sick with longer term effects of the rollover.

As young parents, everything together felt like enough to do us in. But there was one thing that kept us going:  Good News!  Whenever we would get discouraged or felt like throwing in the towel, we’d remind each other to look for little rays of good news.

* On our way to the Las Vegas hotel, we saw the snow piling up on the palm trees.  A unique sight.  And Good News!
* In the hotel, they happened to have one last baby crib for us to use. Good News!
* We landed in Portland 15 minutes before the airport closed.  Good News!
* The emergency room caught the baby’s infection before it got “really bad.” Good News!

There were many other tiny moments I’ve long since forgotten that reminded us of Good News! That Christmas, little glimpses of good news helped us find our way through.

When Jesus called us to be his hands and feet, part of the call was to bring good news to people who need it. In the big picture, the good news is the work of Jesus Christ that offers salvation from sin to all humanity. In the little picture? Maybe the good news is that it snowed at Timberline this week. Or the baby smiled. Or a car accident was averted. Or you got a note from your grandchild. Proverbs 25 reminds us, “Like cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a distant land.”

This week, let’s share some good news.  Wherever we see it.

Blessings,

Pastor Jonathan Russell

 

 

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

A special thank you to Bruce and Joanne Dixon for their time and labor in producing the video for the “Parables of Jesus” series this past week.


This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 am.

Pastor Kara Johnsson will present our Bible message titled “Facing Injustice While Worshiping a Sovereign God.”

Parables of Rabbi Jesus” final meeting of the series is tonight at 7:00 pm. Join Dr. Alexander Bolotnikov as he leads us through an experience of mind and heart: understanding the stories of the Master Rabbi. A light supper will be provided at 6:00 pm, in the fellowship hall.

A celebration of life will take place for Wellington Manullang, Sunday, October 15, 11:00 am, here at Sunnyside Church. He passed away September 17.

Church Announcements

Thursday, October 19, 7:00 pm, there will be a Town Hall meeting here at Sunnyside to discuss and answer questions about our recent budget challenges.

Sunnyside’s Reformation Festival, October 28, 6:00 pm, features Greg Dodds, PhD, Chair of History at Walla Walla University. He will deliver a pre-concert lecture titled “500 Years of Reformation,” regarding the historical setting of the Reformation. Immediately following, at 7:00 pm, the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus and guest singers will present a festival of hymns and anthems celebrating the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation.

Family Resource Network – Thank you for your continued support that has helped so many people in their time of need. Place your funds in an envelope marked Family Resource Network, account number 488. Current Need: Newborn clothes for a baby boy, dresser, shoes, blankets, and more for a family of six. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

Life at Sunnyside

Daniel Dickson, Ashley Dickson

Pastor Kara

Pastor Jonathan, Dr. Pritham Raj

Ann Westermeyer

Kathy Rosenquist

Pastor Kara

Ashley Dickson, Daniel Dickson

Donna Mitchell


Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org/news

PAA’s Farm-to-Table Goals Grow a Community.
(http://paasda.org/news/paas-farm-table-goals/)
In just one year, Stephanie Torgerson and her growing group of volunteers have established gardens, compost bins, fruit shrubs, and, most importantly, an appreciation for healthy lunches.

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

Rivergate Elementary School
You are invited to join us in the Rivergate gym on November 9, at 10:00 am, for our annual Veterans Day Program. Our guest speaker this year is Dr. Terry Johnsson.

Walla Walla University
October 18, 7:00 pm, How to Pay for College—Workshop.
Walla Walla University will visit Portland Adventist Academy to provide a free workshop for prospective students and their parents titled “How to Pay for College” in the PAA library. This 40-minute presentation will be led by experts from WWU Student Financial Services, and Marketing and Enrollment Services. After the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask

Area Events & Announcements

October 15 – November 5: Adventist Book Center Fall Case Food & Book Sale.
Download flyer at abcflyer.com.

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

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

October 30: Life Line Screening.
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call toll-free 1-888-653-6441 or visit http://lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word circle to 797979
Event Location: Healing Hope Seventh-Day Adventist Fellowship.

Volunteer Job Opportunities:
Needed Now • Adventist Health Hospice
Make a difference as a Hospice volunteer!
Needed Now – Throughout the Portland Area Adventist Health Hospice patients need your gift of time as a volunteer! There is no experience needed to be a Patient Companion Volunteer–just a compassionate heart for people and the desire to make a patient’s remaining days as fulfilling as possible. It is about the gift of your presence and spending just a little of your time to sit with those who are facing the end of their lives. Sometimes, it’s just to talk or read to them or share stories and laughter…at other times…you could help record a life history, play music, cards or board games with them, and even share a hobby with them. It’s as individual as you are. Help me match you with a waiting need. Caregivers need the blessing of your time to take care of themselves. This allows them to return “recharged” to tend to their loved one. Hospice patients sometimes have no family and can be greatly moved by your presence. These are momentous gifts. And there are numerous options in how you can help. Volunteers work out in the field – in patient’s homes, adult care homes, or nursing homes, wherever a patient might call home. The hours are flexible, whether you can commit a few hours a week, or just a few hours a month. We provide thorough training. If you feel called, please contact the Adventist Health Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at 503-251-6192, ext. 56420 or by email at murphydl@ah.org.

 

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October 7 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

 There are no words left to describe what has seemingly become the norm in this country of ours.  Another tragic event has grabbed the current headlines and pushed the other recent tragic events to the background.  The reality of this is that in many ways words are cheap.  It is not enough to speak words of prayer, love, and hope.  We must be the answer to prayers, the expression of love and hope.  There is a saying that, “even the smallest light can shine bright amidst a sea of darkness.”  These tragedies truly are dark moments in our world’s history but they are an opportunity to allow our light to shine bright.  It does not matter if we are caught in the midst of the tragedy or simply there to help.  We have been able to see people sharing their small light in these dark times.

Having family in Puerto Rico, I was very anxious to see and hear any news I could from the island.  I remember watching this video clip that just moved my heart.  A reporter had just flown into an isolated town in the interior of the island of Puerto Rico in a helicopter.  He and his cameraman got out and begin to film the devastation that was all around them.  The reporter began to talk about the needs of the people in this difficult time.  At that point in time when they had been there just a few minutes a man came up to them near their helicopter where they were filming.  That man carried with him two plates of food and two cups of water.  The reporter could not believe the generosity of this man.  This man who had limited supplies of food and water was sharing both with those he did not know.  He was sharing with those who would have access to plenty of both as soon as they returned to their hotel.  The reporter commented on camera about the heart of these people who would share in these conditions.  This man allowed his light to shine even in a dark moment.

Reading about the shooting in Las Vegas also brought up moments of “light” amidst the darkness.  Like the story of Jonathan Smith who ran back into the crowd at Route 91 where the shooting was occurring to bring others out.  It wasn’t until he had saved 30 lives and then realized that he had been shot and injured himself.  There were countless other similar stories that to me were reminiscent of our denomination’s own Desmond Doss.  Selfless men and women who ran into the line of fire putting themselves in harm’s way because they wanted to make a difference in that moment.  The morning after the shooting there were reports of long lines formed at blood donation centers.  People were lining up before those centers had even opened to donate blood and help meet the needs of those who have been shot.  These stories are all a testament to people not just talking about prayer, love, and hope, but being an answer to prayer, the outpouring of love and a source of hope.

It is important that we do not allow ourselves to believe that darkness has seemingly gained the victory.  We are told in John 1:5, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (NIV).  Let us remember that darkness is a defeated foe whose days are numbered.  That does not mean that we have seen the last of darkness.  As we continue to spiral towards the end of this world’s history we will continue to see tragic catastrophic events and dark moments.  Amid all this suffering and pain what can we do?  What should we do?  What must we do?  We must not just talk about prayer, love, and hope.  We must be an answer to prayer, an outpouring of love, and a source of hope.  We must allow our lights to shine.  Because even the smallest light can shine bright amidst a sea of darkness.

Pastor Juan Fresse

 

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

 

A special shout out to Lacey Betz, who patiently waits for her parents, Erin and Ed, as they lead out in Sunnyside’s Pathfinders, and attends their many events, coupled with assisting in many of the other church’s programs! Thank you, Lacey, for your sweet patience!
(And thank you, Erin and Ed!)

 


This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 amPastor Jonathan will present our Bible message titled “Craving the Fruit of Struggle.”

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.

Encounters With God featuring Brooke Stafford, will meet this afternoon, 5:00 pm, in the Youth Room.

“Parables of Rabbi Jesus” begins tonight (Saturday night) at 7:00 pm, and explores the context of ancient stories and their application to modern life. Join Dr. Alexander Bolotnikov every night this week, 7:00 pm, as he leads us through an experience of mind and heart: understanding the stories of the Master Rabbi. A light supper will be provided at 6:00 pm, in the fellowship hall.

Church Announcements

Pray for the families of . . .

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

Wellington Manullang who passed away September 17. A memorial service will be conducted for him here at Sunnyside Church, Sunday, October 15, 11:00 am.

Sunnyside’s Reformation Festival, October 28, 6:00 pm, features Greg Dodds, PhD, Chair of History at Walla Walla University. He will deliver a pre-concert lecture titled “500 Years of Reformation,” regarding the historical setting of the Reformation. Immediately following, at 7:00 pm, the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus and guest singers will present a festival of hymns and anthems celebrating the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation.

Family Resource Network – Thank you for your continued support that has helped so many people in their time of need. Place your funds in an envelope marked Family Resource Network, account number 488. Current Need: Newborn clothes for a baby boy, dresser, shoes, blankets, and more for a family of six. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

Life at Sunnyside

Pastor Juan

Paul Dragulin

Elizabeth Marie Constantinescu Dedication

Elizabeth Marie Constantinescu Dedication

Arnold Petersen

Larry Ramey, Pastor Jonathan, Isaac Nziacharo

Charla Morford

Warren Rushold

Kathy Rosenquist, Eric Nielsen


Adventist Education

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

Portland Adventist Academy
http://paasda.org/news

PAA’s Farm-to-Table Goals Grow a Community.
(http://paasda.org/news/paas-farm-table-goals/)
In just one year, Stephanie Torgerson and her growing group of volunteers have established gardens, compost bins, fruit shrubs, and, most importantly, an appreciation for healthy lunches.

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

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

Riverside Elementary School
The 27th annual Apple Festival will be held on Sunday, October 8, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The festival is the biggest fundraiser of the year and this year’s funds will go towards the new outdoor education area, summer camp, technology, and programs that enrich student learning in the classrooms. The festival is famous for its homemade apple pies, dumplings, and low prices on apples sold by the pound. Games and activities provide safe fun for the whole family. If you wish to purchase pies or dumplings before the actual Apple Festival day, the following times are available for purchase and pick-up at Riverside. Pies – $10/each; Dumplings – $5 pack of two: Wed-Friday 7:45-8:30 am, Wed-Thursday 3:10-4:00 pm, Friday 12:15-2:00 pm. For more information about Riverside Christian School, visit www.riversidesch.com.

Walla Walla University
October 18, 7:00 pm, How to Pay for College—Workshop.
Walla Walla University will visit Portland Adventist Academy to provide a free workshop for prospective students and their parents titled “How to Pay for College” in the PAA library. This 40-minute presentation will be led by experts from WWU Student Financial Services, and Marketing and Enrollment Services. After the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask

Area Events & Announcements

October 15 – November 5: Adventist Book Center Fall Case Food & Book Sale.
Download flyer at abcflyer.com.

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

October 8, 4:00 pm: UCA Get-together.
Upper Columbia Academy’s FoundationONE is hosting a “Circle of Friends” reception for alumni and friends of Upper Columbia Academy. The event will be held in the Board Room at CherryWood Village Retirement Community, 1417 SE 107th Avenue, Portland. All former faculty and students are invited, as well as parents, grandparents, and friends. Come connect with your UCA family, enjoy a complimentary Italian meal, and hear current miracle stories from Upper Columbia Academy. RSVP to 509-939-1716 or linda.klinger@foundationoneuca.org.

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

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

Job Opportunities:

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

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

 

 

 

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