May 11 Communiqué

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Greetings Sunnysiders!

This week has been an interesting week for me.  I had the distinct privilege of serving jury duty in the Multnomah County courthouse downtown.  Needless to say, it was quite a bit outside of my normal routine.  I’ve heard stories of jury duty.  You go and sit in a room for a couple of days, reading or doing whatever you want while other people get called to jury panels.  I just knew that would be my experience.  And it was…for 15 minutes.  My name was one of the first called.  I ended up in a jury pool for a very serious crime.  It took nearly 2 days for jury selection.  Fifty potential jurors.  Fourteen jury seats.  By the end, I was one of the lucky ones to get a seat at the trial.  And that was the end of my juror experience.  The case was dismissed before the jury ever came back in the room.

There’s a lot that was interesting about this process.  The most interesting part was considering the questions the defense attorney asked of jurors.  Her goal was to weed out any jurors who would tend to pre-judge her client, leaning toward a guilty verdict before things even began.  She asked about stereotypes.  She asked about assumptions.  She asked about beliefs and convictions that would lead us to an opinion before hearing the facts of the case.  As I sat in the back row reflecting on her questions, I was faced with the reality that there are many times we allow people’s past to unnecessarily color the way we view them.  And in that moment, I was thankful that Jesus doesn’t do that with us.

Over and over in Scripture, Jesus connects with people whom we would have dismissed.  The serial adulterer.  The prostitute.  The corrupt tax collector.  He connects with them, treats them as valuable human beings, then leads them to a new, redeemed, life.

Thankfully, he does that with us too.  He sees our broken past.  He sees the pain we carry.  He sees the mistakes we’ve made.  And He treats us like people, leading us to a redeemed life.  Our Savior didn’t write us off.  Instead, He invested in us.  That’s good news!

As you welcome the Sabbath this evening, say thanks to the One who refused to write you off.  Re-dedicate your life to the One who invested His life in yours.

This week, we begin a seven week journey in which we will focus on Jesus as He experienced the cross.  Throughout the series, we will be focusing on the “red letters,” with a different phrase coming into view each week.  As we take this time to focus on Jesus, we will be refreshed, re-convicted, and re-committed to the cause of Jesus.  I hope you’ll be there tomorrow as we begin the journey.


Pastor Jonathan

News & Notes

This Weekend
The Week Ahead
Church Announcements
Prayer Requests
This Week’s Celebrations
Coming Events
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. This week Pastor Jonathan Russell will bring us the sermon entitled Father, Forgive Them. 

Welcome to the students and staff of Southern Adventist University Wind Symphony. The Symphony, conducted by Ken Parsons, is participating in our worship services today, and will present a concert here this afternoon at 5:00. Titled “My Father’s World,” the concert features music evocative of the glories of God’s creative powers. Come – and invite your friends!

Children’s Church starts at 11:01 am in the Fellowship Hall today. The focus is God. The experience is real! What will Pharaoh do? Bring your children and find out!

 The Week Ahead

Sunset: Today  8:30 pm  •  Friday  8:37 pm

3:30 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
5:00 pm Southern Adventist University Wind Symphony
6:00 pm Final Events with Stephen Bohr (Room 63)
6:00 pm Southern Adventist University Alumni Dinner

Sun, May 12:
3:00 pm Oregon Sinfonietta, Donald Appert, director/conductor

Mon, May 13:
6:00 pm Hazelwood-NET (formerly NET 7)
6:30 pm Music Committee (Room 21)

Tue, May 14:
Noon Bulletin Deadline
6:30 pm Finance Committee
6:30 pm Pathfinders
6:30 pm The American Revolution (Room 63)

Wed, May 15:
10:00 am FaithLift – Job 24 & 25 (Room 21)
6:30 pm Wednesday Night Prayer and Readings (Prayer Room) Last Day Events by Ellen
White – Chapter 6 “Lifestyle and Activities of the Remnant”
7:00 pm CherryWood Prayer Meeting – Dick Gingrich

Thr, May 16:
6:00 pm Family Resource Network (Workroom)
6:00 pm Handbell Rehearsal (Room 82)
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal (Room 82)
7:45 pm Women’s Chorus Rehearsal (Room 82)

Fri, May 17:
5:00 pm Women’s Chorus Rehearsal (Room 82)
6:00 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
7:00 pm Romanian Prayer Meeting (Room 63)

Sab, May 18:
Sermon: Saints@Sunnyside – Pastor Dave Allen

 Church Announcements

Our Church Directory is now available via the Sunnyside Church website at Go to the menu along the left side, click on the “Church Directory,” and register for an account with your main email address. You will then be able to view the directory and update your own information. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call the Church office. If you have a smartphone, you may also download an app from your phone store called “My Church.”

Big Lake Camps are coming! This is a favorite place for many of our kids during the summer months. If you can help sponsor a camper this year, please contact Richard Gingrich or Pastor Shirley.

Family Resource Network – Thank you for your support of our Family Resource Network. Your gifts help prevent homelessness and many other acute needs. Mark your contribution to Account # 9387, Family Resource Network.

The annual Portland Adventist Elementary School Constituency meeting will have its annual constituency meeting May 20, 2013, 7:00 pm, in the PAES Gymnasium. Our Sunnyside Church delegates are: Dianna Blue, Silvia Bokich, Dean Browning, Carl Buchanan, Marcia Dunham, Grant Geschke, Konnie Geschke, Heidi Hill, Wanda Krein, Harold Lang, Bob Manley, Ana Marin, Chris Marin, Devi Petersen, Kevin Petersen, Rajamma Philip, TW Philip, Norm Price, Brenda Siaw, Edson Simon, Madeline Simon, Elena Tapu, Andre Wang, and Phyllis Woods. The agenda will include: 1) Worship/Prayer, 2) Minutes for May 2012 meeting, 3) Finance Report/Budget 2013/2014, By-Laws Review, and 6) Administrative Report.

The PAES Board members are Jackee Duvall, Cecily Geschke, Kimberly Goodwin-Helton, and Pastor Shirley. If you have questions about the school, feel free to ask one of them. Financial questions can be directed to Devi Petersen and Cecily Geschke who are on the PAES Finance Committee.

Sunnyside will celebrate its 32nd Annual Strawberry Vespers, Sabbath evening, June 22, 6:00 pm.  It will be a program with great music from some of Portland’s finest musicians. Plenty of good fellowship, and lots of strawberry shortcake to follow.  Come, bring your friends, and join us for a wonderful evening.

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.

 Living Lands of the Bible offers to Sunnyside members and friends the first official announcement of three fall tour programs directed by Dick and Joan Fenn. Follow Jesus from Egypt to Galilee to Golgotha. Accompany Paul from Jerusalem to Caesarea to Puteoli to Rome. Program I: Jerusalem and Rome: Cities of the Church (Nov 7-24; Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Italy). Program II: Going to Jerusalem (Nov 7-18; Egypt, Israel, Palestine. Program III: Seeing Rome (Nov 12-24; Israel, Palestine, Italy). As with previous LLB tours (featured by InsideOut@Sunnyside), these are all-inclusive, comprehensive, and biblically illuminating. The Fenns suggest early registration before national ads appear later this spring. Pick up a brochure in the Narthex.

A School for Siret . . . A Church for Mihaileni . . . And a Whole Lot More!

* The roster of fully ticketed missionaries to Romania now numbers 23 persons. We’re looking at 20 more whose plans remained incomplete at press time.

* The municipality of Siret has offered to furnish bus transportation from Bucharest all the way north. Viorel Haiura, the mayor’s chief of staff, is recommending an on-route visit to a notable castle near Brazov.

* The Moldova and Romanian Union conferences are evaluating the status of the proposed school in Siret. Although construction has started and both the local congregation and community want to see the school completed, dedicated, and open to students, church officials are looking at its long-range sustainability in the context of Romania’s currently fragile economy.

* Sunnyside Church’s Romania Mission Taskforce remains committed to the success of this 16-day project starting July 28. There’s a whole lot to do: continuing education for physicians, emergency care training for the city’s police force and fire fighters, a lecture series on “Wellness for Romania,” an extensive outreach to children and parents, youth-with-youth public service, seminars in area churches, and construction assistance at the nearby Mihaileni church.

*  How is all this activity supported? By your contributions to the Sunnyside Church Mission Projects Fund. Wouldn’t it be a tragedy for 43 missionaries from Sunnyside to arrive in Romania ready to serve but lacking the resources to complete the mission? Please give generously today!

Members In The News

Ron Vaughan has been selected as the top finalist in this year’s nation-wide song writing contest for the Sandra James Music Foundation. His song, “No Lines or Borders,” is  a song he wrote and recorded in December 2012. Congratulations Ron!

Prayer Requests

Bob Brunese, Johnetta Fuller (Danette’s sister), Norval Gryte, the families and friends of those who died and were injured at the Boston Marathon. All who have financial, spiritual, and health needs. Special prayer for the meetings Don Reynolds is holding at CherryWood Village.

For comfort and peace . . .

The family and friends of Muriel Byers who passed away January 31, 2013. A memorial service will be conducted here May 18, 4:00 pm.

This Week’s Celebrations


Today: Linda Neel, Jonathan Skau, Karen Ulloth  Sunday: Jacinda Baerg  Monday: Thana Anderson, Kim Chan, Verna M. Dixon  Tuesday: David Lindstrom  Wednesday: Christopher Mann, Madison Martinez, Jonathan Stuart  Thursday: Nancy Rader  Friday: Mick Turner

Coming Events at Sunnyside

May 12, 3 pm
Oregon Sinfonietta, Donald Appert, director/conductor

May 18, 7 pm
PASO Portland Adventist String Orchestra

June 22, 8:45 am and 11:15 am
Living Last Supper

June 22, 6 pm
Strawberry Vespers

June 23,  Noon-4 pm

June 24-28, 6:30-8:30 pm
Vacation Bible School 


Portland Adventist Academy

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Our newsletter introduces our new principal, Dan Nicola, and explains some of the digging on our campus.

Portland Adventist Academy is bidding a fond farewell to five staff members: Gale Crosby, Lynda Logan, Greg Phillips, Kathy Rey, and Terry Verlo. You are invited to a come-and-go farewell party for them on May 18 from 4:00 – 7:000 pm at PAA (1500 SE 96th Avenue, Portland, OR 97216).

Portland Adventist Elementary School
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May 20, 7:00 PM – PAES Constituency Meeting (PAES)

Area Events

Today, 4 pm: Tabernacle Church, Carl Parker & Friends Spring Benefit Concert, “No Better Friend Than Jesus.” Contact: Julie 503-360-6575.

May 16-June 27, 6:30-8:30 pm: Lents Church presents Communication and Marriage Enrichment seminar – $10 Fee. Register at 503-774-7290 or email

May 17-18: Hudson Hall, Willamette University, Salem. Revolution Weekend Youth Conference showing teens what it means to be transformed by the love of God. Seating limited to 400, first come, first seated. Signed permission slip/waiver required.

May 19, 10:00 am: Linn County Fairgrounds, Albany, Ore. hosts the Oregon Conference Pathfinder Fair. Watch the Fair live on the internet at

May 25 – Aug 31 on Saturday nights 7:00-8:30 pm: Milwaukie Spanish Adventist Church presents “Worship Fest,” youth for youth. Live music, inspirational speakers, and drama team. For more information call 503-487-7675.

June 17-20: Oregon Conference Board Room hosts “Certified Senior Advisor Training” (CSA), Register by March 30 to receive SDA reduced rate – 888-828-9209 or

Combined Budget (Local Church Expense)

Received May: $13,690 / Monthly Budget: $33,000
Received YTD: $293,188/ YTD Budget: $330,000
ReNew Sunnyside − Goal: $450,000 / Received: $40,011

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