Sunnyside Communiqué

Yup!  It’s true; summers in Portland begin on July 5!  Did you see the forecast for the next week?  Aaah, the summer breezes at last.  Let’s pray that we don’t get the heat of the eastern U. S.  Camp meeting is only about 10 days away.  A nice 75-80 degrees would be preferred.

This was recovery week for many at Sunnyside.  Wasn’t last week and weekend a busy schedule.  It was a time for laughter and tears with such a large and energetic VBS ending with a VBS worship service, and then onto three memorial services.  And now we receive the news that longtime friend of Sunnyside, Char Liske, has passed away from complications with a Parkinson’s type of disease.  Her service is scheduled for August 12.
Volunteers, are you ready for the next big Sunnyside event?  SunnyCity!!!  We are planning for 1,000 kids this year, Sunday, August 5.  And, in anticipation of this coming occasion, we are calling for a SunnyCity Orientation Meeting (room 63), at 1:30 pm, after tomorrow’s general church potluck.

Here are some words that Pastor Shirley wished to have included in this Communiqué:

“Last week flew by and I find that there are still little things here and there that remind me of Daniel and Babylon and the theme of Courage in Captivity. Almost everything has found a home. If you were one of our volunteers who did not make it to the Mission Moments time last week then we have a thank you certificate in the children’s wing for you. We appreciate what you did to make VBS happen, it truly was a team effort and a big thank you to Chris Marin for leading.
If you missed seeing the wonderful video Pastor Jonathan, Skip Gaskell and the other team members put together go to and you can watch the video and share it with your family and friends.
It was amazing to see how quickly Babylon ‘fell’ after second church. Is there a lesson in that for us too?  Right on call, the takedown crew rolled up their sleeves and made it happens. Thank you!
Another group who should receive special thanks would be our undaunted deaconesses. With three memorials in a row they deserve a standing ovation for their service to those who have lost family and friends. They truly were the hands and feet of Jesus this weekend. Your kindness and compassion and service were much appreciated by the pastoral staff and those attending.”

Tomorrow our service will have the promised patriotic feel.  I believe you will be blessed with the special music, the baptism of Jessica Curtis, organ touches added by Shirley Schoepflin and Mel West, and the morning sermon, “God Bless America: A Covenant Responsibility.”
Camp meeting begins Tuesday evening, July 17. You can view the program at  There will be a church service here at Sunnyside on Sabbath the 21st for those members who would just prefer Sunnyside, and for anyone from our neighborhood churches which will be closed. The pastoral staff will be at Gladstone on Monday for pre-camp pitch.
Remember tomorrow’s potluck lunch!

See you at church,

Pastor Scott and Staff

About Jonathan

I am a husband, a father, and a follower of Jesus. I get excited about cultivating faith in the lives of my kids and exploring ways that the church can make a positive impact on its community.
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