May 25 Communiqué

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Dear Sunnyside Church Family

Next Thursday night Darren, Michelle, Kayla and Ethan fly into PDX. Darren is our youngest son. They live in Wellington, South Africa. Dave and I are counting the days. There is nothing parents enjoy more than having their children around them. Well yes there is! Having their grandchildren with them too. So if you see us beaming from ear to ear it is in anticipation of their visit. Oh happy day!

That brings me to the opposite thought. There is nothing that grieves a parent more than to see their child suffering or to lose a child. It may be illness or emotional distress in a marriage or a divorce, losing a job or seeing them wander away from God. This Sabbath we will look at the relationship between Jesus and his mother Mary as she stood at the foot of the cross. There are a number of people, including children, who will share with us during the service. It is a Family Church Service.

We pause to remember this is Memorial Day weekend. In an often quoted Memorial Day speech given in 1884 by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., he ended with these words, “Our dead brothers still live for us, and bid us think of life, not death — of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and joy of the spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil our trumpets sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will.”

In a devotional I was reading Beth Patch wrote, “The American soldier who gave his or her life for U.S. citizens to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness won’t be telling us how to observe the holiday. But I believe that Holmes’ proposition to “think of life, not death” would honor the fallen soldier. Their sacrifice follows the example of Jesus Christ laying down His life for our freedom. It’s selfless love for others – not so they can mourn forever, but live!”

While Pastor Scott continues to enjoy his sabbatical Pastor Jonathan has been hard at work. For part of this week he has been away with the 8th Graders from PAES at Wild Horse Canyon. He is the 8th Grade pastor this year and their graduation is just around the corner.

The Lord bless you and keep you.

Pastor Shirley

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 Shirley Allen will bring us the sermon entitled Caring for Mother. We will enjoy the contributions of our mothers and children in providing portions of our worship service. 

 The Week Ahead

Sunset:  Today  8:46 pm  •  Friday  8:52 pm
3:30 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
6:00 pm Final Events with Stephen Bohr (Room 63)
Sun, May 26:
6:00 pm Living Last Supper Rehearsal (Room 20)
Mon, May 27:
Office Closed – Memorial Day
Tue, May 28:
Noon Bulletin Deadline
6:30 pm The American Revolution (Room 63)
Wed, May 29:
10:00 am FaithLift – Job 28 & 29 (Room 21)
6:30 pm Wednesday Night Prayer and Readings (Prayer Room)
Last Day Events by Ellen White – Chapter 8 “The Cities”
7:00 pm CherryWood Prayer Meeting – Ted Mackett
Thr, May 30:
6:00 pm Handbell Rehearsal (Room 82)
Fri, May 31:
6:00 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
7:00 pm Romanian Prayer Meeting (Room 63)
Sab, June 1 Sermon: Forsaken — Pastor Shirley, Kathy Pruitt,
and Dianne Glovatsky

 Church Announcements

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.

If you have a graduating student, or know of someone who will be graduating this year, please call the church office, 503-252-8080, and let us know. We would like to send them congratulations through our newsletter.

Membership Transfers – First Reading
Neal and Kazumi Peterson from Concord Intl Church, Concord, Calif.
David and Donna Duffield from Memphis First Church, Memphis, Tenn.
Troy Gentry to Meadow Glade Church, Battle Ground, Wash.
Carla Huala to Kirkland Church, Kirkland, Wash.

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.

Close to 1,000 Pathfinders and staff from around the Oregon Conference gathered in Albany at the Linn County Fairgrounds last Sunday for the 2012/2013 Annual Pathfinder Fair. Sunnyside Pathfinders had an interactive display booth and participated in events and relays throughout the entire day.

While certainly not the largest club in the Conference, our enthusiastic and engaged Pathfinders won BLUE RIBBONS in the following:

* Drill Down
* Basic Drill and March
* Booth / Display
* Pathfinder Skills Relay (Peeling a Carrot; Fixing and Pumping a Tire; Sewing a Button; Lacing a Boot; Bandaging an Arm; Tying Two Knots; etc.)
* Compass Relay
* My Heart for Jesus Relay (Sunnyside and Rockwood staff also joined with Pleasant Valley Pathfinders to chalk up an additional Team Victory)

The Sunnyside Club also got a third place for overall Club points and participation throughout the year.

We viewed this as a good preliminary “Warm-Up” for the World Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh 2014!  Sunnyside would like to thank our Pathfinder leaders for another outstanding year!

Michael and Lauren Gregory
Ed and Erin Betz
All Pathfinder staff and helpers

Our Pathfinders, in turn, would like to thank all of those members who have contributed time and effort and money into making this past year a success. We could not have Pathfinders were it not for the unflagging and ongoing support of Sunnyside members. Thank you! Your Pathfinders have ongoing needs where they would like your help:

* Prayer Partners
* Staff / Counselors / Volunteers
* Class or Honor Teachers
* Student or Family Sponsors
* Financial Donations (For expenses or for Oshkosh 2014)

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.

A male nursing student needs a room for the summer (June—September) close to Adventist Medical Center. He is willing to work for rent. If you can help, contact the church office for details.

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

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.  

This Week’s Celebrations

Today: Jeremy Hudson, Jordan Meyer, Betzy Reimers  Sunday: Justin Benfield, Jan Carlson, Fae Haffner  Monday: Michele Molstead  Tuesday: Alex Avilla, Thomas Davis, Olivian Gramada, Viorel Gramada  Wednesday: Tristan Baerg, Michael Carl, Norman Freligh, Kristy Giles, Joan Heather, Caryn Pierce, Weslia W. Hoff, Thursday: Janine Hudkins  Friday: Ronald Meisner

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 Elementary School

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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

 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: $20,990 / Monthly Budget: $33,000
Received YTD: $295,258/ YTD Budget: $363,000
ReNew Sunnyside − Goal: $450,000 / Received: $41,603

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