May 18 Communiqué

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Greetings Sunnyside Saints,

What a privilege it is to be a part of the family of Sunnyside!  Hardly a day passes without another reason to be thankful for the community of which we are a part.  Many days, I am excited to find small groups, studying God’s Word together.  Other days, I hear of individuals who go out of their way to be a blessing to someone else in the church family.  At other times, people spend countless hours here at the church, making it a beautiful place to be.  Whether it is committees that are working well together, or individuals who sacrifice for the good of others, Sunnyside is a blessed place to be.

It was a few years ago now that I had a conversation with a young lady.  I had only spoken with her a time or two in my life, so I was quite surprised when she sought me out just out of the blue.  She shared that years before, she had been blessed by a few minutes that we had spent together talking about life and calling and life’s direction.  I had no idea that I had made an impact.  And yet that individual took the time to let me know.  I wish I had words to express how meaningful that small gesture was to me.

At Sunnyside there are countless volunteer hours spent.  There are countless small conversations that take place.  There are countless meals and experiences shared.  And yet sometimes we don’t know what kind of impact we are making in the world.  If there is someone in our community that has touched your life with a word, with an action, with the way they fulfill their responsibility, why not let them know?  Drop someone a thank you note.  Shake their hand and let them know how they have blessed your life.  Just a small token of appreciation can be a large encouragement.  Take an opportunity this weekend to let someone know how much they matter.

I hope you’ve got your track shoes on for this weekend of events. Sabbath morning, our own Pastor Dave Allen is back to share the message entitled, “Saints@Sunnyside.”  In the evening, Portland Adventist String Orchestra, a youth orchestra including some of our own young people, will be performing their spring concert in the sanctuary.  This will be a unique concert experience that you don’t want to miss.

Sunday is Pathfinder fair in Albany at the Linn County Fairgrounds.  Admission is free and there’s lots of fun (and food) for the whole family!  Don’t have the energy to make the trip?  Check out the live stream at the Oregon Conference website.  It is a fantastic event.

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 Dave Allen will bring us the sermon entitled Saints@Sunnyside.

A memorial service will be conducted here this afternoon at 4:00 for Muriel Byers, the mother of Vivian Robertson.

This evening at 7:00, Portland Adventist String Orchestra will be sharing a message interwoven with music that talks about family, friends, and working together towards common spiritual goals. PASO is an ensemble comprised of students ages 8-20, and is the only student orchestra in the Northwest that exists for students with Christian beliefs. Our goal is “Sharing God’s Love with Musical Talents He has Given Us.” We look forward to sharing our message with you.

 The Week Ahead

Sunset:  Today  8:38 pm  •  Friday  8:45 pm

12:30 pm Women’s Chorus Rehearsal (Room 82)
3:30 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
4:00 pm Muriel Byers Memorial
6:00 pm Final Events with Stephen Bohr (Room 63)
7:00 pm PASO Portland Adventist String Orchestra Concert
Sun, May 19:
2:00 pm Cardmaking (Room 21)
5:00 pm VBS Family Leaders (Fellowship Hall)
Mon, May 20:
6:00 pm Women’s Ministries Region 2 (Fellowship Hall)
7:00 pm PAES Constituency Meeting (PAES)
Tue, May 21:
Noon Bulletin Deadline
6:30 pm Finance Committee
6:30 pm Pathfinders
6:30 pm The American Revolution (Room 63)
Wed, May 22:
10:00 am FaithLift – Job 26 & 27 (Room 21)
5:30 pm Elders Meeting (Room 60)
6:30 pm Wednesday Night Prayer and Readings (Prayer Room) Last Day Events by Ellen White – Chapter 7 “Country Living”
7:00 pm CherryWood Prayer Meeting – Jim Johnstone
7:15 pm Church Board meeting (Room 62)
Thr, May 23:
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 24:
6:00 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
7:00 pm Romanian Prayer Meeting (Room 63)
Sab, May 25: Sermon: Caring for Mothers – Pastor Shirley

 Church Announcements

Next Sabbath we will enjoy Family Church. We look forward to having our children participate in our worship service next week.

The Adventurer Club is looking to borrow a manual typewriter to use as a main prop for a skit during Family Fun Day, June 2. Carbon paper would be a plus! If you have one available, please contact Natalia, 503-750-9151, or the church office.

We are now planning for the school year 2013-2014. If you need financial assistance to attend an Adventist school, Student Aid applications are available from the Church Office.

Vacation Bible School Family Leaders and assistants will meet Sunday, May 19, 5:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. Supper will be served. Please volunteer – we still need 2 Family Leaders and 2 assistants. Contact Barb Grignon at 503-206-7540. A special thank you to all of you who have already volunteered.

One of our members has many plants and trees for sale. Please email David Miller at for a price list. David will email you the list and then you can make an appointment with Carl Buchanan to see, buy, and take home lots of beautiful plants. Proceeds will help with the Romania Mission Project.

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 No. 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 Sunnyside members and friends a new opportunity to explore Egypt, Israel, Palestine, and Italy with Dick and Joan Fenn. Three programs in November. Pick up a descriptive brochure in the Narthex.

ROMANIA! Just 71 days to departure–July28–for the 50 persons who want to be a part of Sunnyside’s 2013 mission project. Each one who actually goes is contributing $2,340 for air and ground transportation, accommodations, and some in-country touring. Our missionaries are praying for church-family support. Here are some specifics:

* For the Siret elementary school Sunnyside is helping to build: $31,500.
* For the occupied but uncompleted Mihaileni church: $10,000.
* For the installation of a critically-needed restroom/shower facility in one of the wards of the Siret Community Hospital: $3,500.
* For the children’s ministries we want to conduct (SunnyCity Siret, Jesus’ Kids in the Kitchen): $2,000.
* For our MedX program (health fair, lecture series for the public, continuing education for local physicians): $2,000.
* For our Youth-with-Youth community parks and green-space clean-up campaign: $500.
* For city-requested in-service programs dealing with leadership and volunteerism: $500.
* The Romanian Union Conference wants Sunnyside to come.
* The Moldova Conference appreciates Sunnyside’s support.
* The Siret and Mihaileni churches are active sister churches in Romania.
*  The Mayor of Siret, his staff, and the people of the city eagerly await the arrival of missionaries from Sunnyside.
* Please give. Generously. Today. To the Foreign Missions Project Fund.

Prayer Requests

Rob Brunese, Johnetta Fuller (Danette’s sister), Norval Gryte, Nancy Ruhl, and 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 this afternoon (May 18), 4:00 pm.

This Week’s Celebrations

Brithdays Today: Rebecca Evanado, Duska Hurlbert, Don McDonough  Sunday: Shirley Brown, Aaron Canwell, Helen Diamond, Ruby Hohensee, David Miller, Wendy Montplaisir  Monday: Elaine Bradshaw, Arnold Petersen  Tuesday: Rori Bumgarner, Michael Curtis, Wills Haffner  Wednesday: Virginia Buchanan, Elena Ursu  Thursday: Kaila Avilla, Cecily Geschke, Ryan Morford Friday: Craig Anderson, Betty Burns, Gale Olsen

Coming Events at Sunnyside

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 this afternoon (May 18) from 4:00 – 7:000 pm at PAA (1500 SE 96th Avenue, Portland, OR 97216).

PAA is having their annual Spring Concert on May 23, 7 pm in the school gymnasium. Hear band, choir, Alegria, string orchestra, PAAn Steel Drum Band, and the Gospel choir in this fantastic event for music lovers.

Portland Adventist Elementary School

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May 20, 7:00 PM – PAES Constituency Meeting (PAES)

Portland Adventist Elementary School would like to invite all prospective kindergarteners for a fun-filled visitation afternoon. Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 23, from 1-3 pm. Please register for this event by calling the school office at 503-665-4102 or email

Gresham and Sokcho, Korea, have sister city relationships. This year Gresham is hosting eight students from Korea July 17 to August 2. If you are interested in hosting one of these children for these dates, please contact Mr. McDonald at Portland Adventist Elementary School 503-665-4102. Your child may have an opportunity to reverse this travel experience to Korea next summer for two weeks. This is a great opportunity for teenage kids to explore and experience another country.

Area Events

Today, 7:30 pm: Lents Church hosts Ray Sample, recording artist and performer, in concert. Call 503-774-7290 for further information.

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

July 11-13 & 14-21: Oregon Gladstone Camp Meeting volunteers needed! Oregon Conference is requesting all who are willing and able to volunteer during Camp Meeting this year. We are seeking volunteers for both Hispanic Camp Meeting (July 11-13) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 14-21). We need volunteers for Hospitality, Safety, and Security, as well as licensed RNs and EMTs for 8-hour shifts. Whether you would like to work a shift daily or only have time for a single shift, your services would be greatly appreciated. To volunteer go to  http://volunteer.oregonconference.orgor contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at or 503-850-3573.

Combined Budget (Local Church Expense)

Received May: $17,150 / Monthly Budget: $33,000
Received YTD: $296,648/ YTD Budget: $363,000
ReNew Sunnyside − Goal: $450,000 / Received: $41,377

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