Nov 23 Communiqué & Announcements

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Dear Sunnyside Church Family

This week we are all reminded of the importance of family. Thanksgiving has a way of putting families together as people head home from near and far to enjoy being family.  I trust you were blessed as you spent time celebrating a truly American tradition of Thanksgiving. If you don’t have family I do hope someone invited you to their home or you were able to invite friends to your table.

Last Sunday I saw the Pathfinder families put together and deliver 40 Thanksgiving  “baskets”. (I discovered basket is a euphemism for two large boxes of groceries and produce. The families who received them were blessed and thankful. They also blessed our church family on Sunday night as they served during the Evangelism Banquet. (Jackee and Oliver Duvall blessed us with delicious food.)

Today I saw the Gosney family having fun together while preparing to mail each of you a letter on behalf of the church. Family and church family can be such a blessing and a force for good. Do you know the song,

Family, We are family,
Jesus, He is our God.
And I’m so glad
He’s brought us all together.
And I’m so glad
That the Father is our God

We have so much for which to be thankful. I am so thankful for my family and so thankful for my church family. May you experience the thankfulness that comes from being forgiven and redeemed by an amazing God who lavishes us with amazing grace.

Happy Thanksgiving!

News & Notes

This Weekend
The Week Ahead
Church Announcements
Coming Events at Sunnyside
Children’s Ministries
Prayer Requests
This Week’s Celebrations
Adventist Education
Area Events & Announcements
Church Budget

This Weekend

Happy Thanksgiving! He who thanks but with the lips thanks but in part. The full, the true Thanksgiving comes from the heart. ~J. A. Shedd

Warmest holiday wishes from the heart of our families to you and yours.
~ Sunnyside Pastoral Staff

Introducing our New bulletin! Our revised bulletin is focused on today’s worship and essential information. Because it doesn’t include as many pages, and is more cost effective. Even though it’s not as lengthy, you will still have access to all the information as before, only in a different format:

  • Scrolling on the screens before the service
  • Sunnyside’s website
  • The Communiqué – Sunnyside’s NEWSletter (with extended announcements) accessible:

o From your computer
o From your tablet or smartphone – use the QR code or link listed in the bulletin
o Printed copies available from the Information Table in the Narthex.


  • Paper reduction: Over 200 reams/year
  • Printing cost reduction: Over $200/month
  • Administrative time reduction: Approximately 12 hrs/week

A Big Thank You to the Pathfinders and their families for packing and delivering 40 food baskets to help those in need to have a pleasant Thanksgiving.

Thank You To Jackee and Oliver Duvall And The Pathfinders for putting together an excellent Ministries Outreach Banquet. So far, we have received nearly $11,000 in pledges and offerings toward our $19,000 goal. For those of you who would still like to contribute, you may place it in a tithe envelope and mark it for “Faith Forum.” Proceeds will support our Community Outreach in 2013 and spread hope to our neighbors. Your donations last year funded VBS, SunnyCity, How to Teach Your Kids About…, Adventurers, and Pathfinders.

Next Sabbath Photos Will Be Taken from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm  in the Youth Room. If you haven’t had your picture taken for our new photo directory, drop in and set a time to have it done. Our directory is currently in process and should be ready in just a few weeks.

Bed, Bethlehem, and Beyond… practice will be Thursday, November 29, at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary. This a drama that will be used for the second church service on December 1.

SunnyShare Cooperative — There is a table located in the hallway near the Fellowship Hall for food, extra produce, and goods from Sunnyside homes and gardens to share.

Our Family Resource Network has had many requests and we are grateful that we can be in a position to help others. Let us know if you or a fellow member needs food, clothes, utility payment, or other assistance. Please pray for this network and support it with your contribution to “Family Resource Network” or assign it to Account #9387.

The Week Ahead

Sunset:  Today  4:32 pm  •  Friday  4:29 pm
5:00 pm Encounters with God – Thanksgiving Praise in Song and Testimonials
Mon, Nov 26
7:00 pm Genealogy Workshop–Germans from Russia (Room 20)
Tue, Nov 27
5:30 pm Baptismal Class (Workroom)
6:30 pm Finance Committee (Workroom)
6:30 pm How to Teach Your Kids…Follow Up (Room 61)
6:30 pm Adventurers (Children’s Wing)
6:30 pm Pathfinders (Basement)
7:00 pm The Fall of Paganism and the Origins of Medieval Christianity (Room 63)
Wed, Nov 28
10:00 am FaithLift – Mark 13:24-37 (Room 20)
5:30 pm Elders Meeting (Room 60)
7:15 pm Church Board Meeting (Room 62)
7:00 pm CherryWood Prayer Meeting –Ted Mackett
Thu, Nov 29
6:00 pm Handbell Rehearsal
6:30 pm Practice for Bed, Bethlehem, and Beyond…(Sanctuary)
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal (Room 82)
Fri, Nov 30
Office Closed
7:00 pm Romanian Prayer Meeting (Room 63)
Sab, Dec 1
First Service Sermon: The God of Hope – Pastor Shirley
Second Service: Family Worship
     Bed, Bethlehem, and Beyond: When Heaven Touched Earth
12:45 pm Fellowship Potluck

Church Announcements

Healthy Heart Team Lifestyle Improvement Program
The Gateway Fred Meyer store is the first Healthy Heart Team screening site begun November 15, 2007. The shoppers have come to depend on the team being there once a month as has the store management. This past month the volunteers screened 70 shoppers, and 4 requested to have lifestyle improvement coaching follow-up one-on-one. A volunteer meets them at Portland Adventist Medical Center for follow up.

There are 4 volunteers from our Sunnyside members and the rest are from other Adventist churches. The screening is the 2nd Sunday of each month from 11 am to 3 pm, but we hope to increase the time to 11 am to 5 pm if enough members sign up to participate. We have shifts from 11 am to 1 pm, 1 pm to 3 pm, 11 am to 2 pm, and 2 pm to 5 pm.

It is due to the faithful participation of even a few members that this site continues with screening. We need experienced people to take blood pressure and do lifestyle improvement coaching, and friendly people to greet and do secretarial services.

2013 Devotional Books Are Now Available – Refresh your spirit with a new devotional book. Books for all ages are available with special pricing for ordering through the church. Sign up sheets, brochures, and sample books are available at the display table in the lobby. Your non-offering check may be placed in a tithe envelope and labeled Account 9304 (please do not include other donations with this check).

Our Annual Flower Calendar for 2013 is now posted. You may begin filling it in now with your name on a Sabbath that you would like to share a bouquet of flowers with your church family.

Coming Events

Dec. 1 
8:50 am Worship Service   “Hope”
The God of Hope – Pastor Shirley
11:20 pm Family Worship Service
Bed, Bethlehem, and Beyond: When Heaven Touched Earth
Dec. 8 Worship Service “Peace” Mission: Impossible – Pastor Jonathan
3:00 pm Portland Adventist Academy Christmas Concert (Sanctuary)
Dec. 15 Worship Service “Joy” The Joy of Re-Gifting – Pastor Scott
Dec. 21 7:00 pm Family Christmas program (Sanctuary)
Dec. 22 8:30 – 9:30 am Christmas Brunch
10:00 am Bible Study Classes
11:20 am Worship Service “Love” The Song of Heaven – Pastor Scott
with Sunnyside Symphony and Sunnyside Choir (one worship service only)
Dec. 29
Communion Sabbath
Worship Service “Christ” Jesus, Friend of Sinners – Pastor Scott

Children’s Ministries

 December 1, during second service, we will enjoy our next Family Church service in the sanctuary.

 Prayer Requests

For physical healing and spiritual well-being of:
Sam Holland, victims of Hurricane Sandy, and all who have financial, spiritual, or health needs.

This Week’s Celebrations

Birthdays: Today: D. W. Mehling, Lindsay Montgomery  Sunday: Rolf Kraus, Duane Miner, Shaun Reimers  Monday: Carol Brown, Allen Kites, Gelu Tapoi  Tuesday: Linda Drury, Joan Fenn, Emma Hillberg  Wednesday: John Constantinescu  Thursday: Jonathan Russell  Friday: Heather Gough
Wedding Anniversary: Paul and Barb Grignon give thanks for a wonderful 36 years of marriage.

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy

PAA’s new e-Headlines:
Subscribe to PAA’s e-Headlines:
Check out PAA’s student newspaper:

Childcare available while you do some holiday shopping. The Sophomore class is providing childcare services for kids ages 3-11 at PAA on these dates:
Nov. 21, noon-5 pm
Dec. 12, 5-9 pm
Dec 16, 2-7 pm
Games, movies, snacks, and craft options will be available. Contact Maria Bibb at 503-490-5026 or for rates and more information.

Portland Adventist Elementary School

November Newsletter  or

Area Events

Today, 6 pm: Sunset Christian Fellowship hosts The Asante Children’s Choir. Invite your friends and family to share this heart-warming experience These 24 children from Burundi will dance and sing their way into your heart with a variety of Christmas, gospel, and traditional African music. This year’s theme is “Christmas in Africa.”

November 25, 2:30 pm: Gladstone Park Church. Friends of Carol Paulson and Burnell Paulson are invited to attend their wedding. No gifts, please. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to 503-558-1681.

November 30, December 1, 2 & 7-9: Gladstone Park Conference Center Grounds, 19800 Oatfield Rd., Gladstone, OR hosts “Follow the Star” live nativity event in its 11th annual production. Bring a guest to see the story of Jesus’ birth come to life.  Attendance is limited. Visit for more information.

December 2, 3 pm: Stone Tower Church offers a comprehensive and practical free DVD presentation by well-known author and President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Neil Barnard, MD. This may be life-saving information if you or a loved one has diabetes. Concluding the presentation there will be an instructional presentation on reading food labels and grocery shopping with time for questions and answers. Facilitated by Joyce Choe, MD.

December 9, 7 pm: Bend Adventist Church hosts Fountainview Academy Orchestra & Choir Concert. Don’t miss these talented young musicians as they present the gospel through music during this year’s Christmas tour. Donations accepted in lieu of admission. For more information view flyer at, or email

December 16, 7 pm: Vancouver Church hosts Fountainview Academy Orchestra & Choir Concert.

Rental Space Available for weddings, parties, gym nights, craft nights, etc. Features: Olympic size volleyball court, basketball court, full featured kitchen with warming oven, serving counter, sanctuary seats 200, padded chairs, large lobby, plenty of parking. To reserve your spot or for more information, call the Open Arms Church office at 503-253-8595, or email .

Combined Budget (Local Church Expense)

Received November: $21,171 /  Monthly Budget: $33,000
Received YTD: $116,585 / YTD Budget: $165,000
ReNew Sunnyside − Goal: $250,000 / Received: $222,041

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