June 8 Communiqué

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Greetings Church Family,

Did you know that it is only two weeks until the launch of SunnyCity?  Our church campus will transform, and we will be prepared to welcome hundreds of guests.  That’s right, SunnyCity is coming to Sunnyside’s property this year.  Just as a fine Swiss watch needs every part present and working properly, we need dozens of people participating to make this event a success.  Don’t know what you can do?  Talk with Natalia.  Read the Communique.  Find some way to get involved as we begin a season of outreach to our community.  We are blessed to have so many dedicated volunteers within our church community.  If you haven’t yet found your service niche, consider helping out with this exciting community event.  You won’t be disappointed.  Thanks for the support as we enter the last weeks of preparation.

Tomorrow, we continue our series on the seven sayings at the cross.  As Jesus’  sufferings were drawing to a close, two simple words crossed His lips.  “I thirst.”  Were these just the utterance of a desperate, dying man?  Or were they words of more significance, meaningful even today?  I hope that you will be in church as we explore these words of Jesus.

By the way, some of you have commented about how our live video stream has been shaky and the quality has been extremely poor lately.  This week, we think we’ve been able to fix the problems.    For the first time at Sunnyside, we’ll be live streaming in High Definition.  Please don’t’ stay home just to check out the video stream.  But if you’re not in the Portland area, be sure to join us via your computer, tablet, or smartphone.  Or maybe  invite a friend to join our worship from a distance.

Whatever the case, I will hope to see you Sabbath.  May your Sabbath be full of peace!

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 Thirsty.

 The Week Ahead

Sunset:  Today  8:58 pm  •  Friday  9:01 pm

3:30 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
6:00 pm Final Events with Stephen Bohr (Room 63)
Sun, June 9:  
6:00 pm Living Last Supper Rehearsal (Room 20)
Tue, June 11:   
Noon Bulletin Deadline
6:30 pm The American Revolution (Room 63)
6:30 pm SunnyCity Coordinators (Room 20
Wed, June 12:  
10:00 am FaithLift – Job 38, 39 (Room 21)
5:30 pm Safety Committee (Workroom)
6:30 pm Music Committee (Room 21
6:30 pm Wednesday Night Prayer and Readings (Prayer Room) Last Day Events by Ellen White – Chapter 10 “The Little Time of Trouble”
7:00 pm CherryWood Prayer Meeting – Ivonne Allen
7:30 pm Facilities Committee (Workroom)
Thr, June 13:
6:00 pm Living Last Supper Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
Fri, June 14:
6:00 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
7:00 pm Romanian Prayer Meeting (Room 63)
Sab, June 15:
Sermon: It Is Finished – Pastor Al Remiche
12:45 pm SunnyCity Leaders and Volunteers Potluck

Church Announcements

Membership Transfers – Second 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.

Joining on Profession of Faith: Princy Razafimanantsoa

Partial Nominating Committee Report – Second Reading:
Elder: Don Reynolds
Deacon: Stanley Kirk
Assistant Treasurer: Melissa Reynolds
Library Committee: Dina Ursu
Safety Committee: Vasile Hutuleac

First Reading
Hospitality: Trisha Erickson
Worship Committee: Lydia Krueger-Blehm

Sunnyside Church Business meeting will be Wednesday, June 19, 7:15 pm. Our agenda consists of: 1) Clerk’s Business, 2) Membership Business, 3) Budget, 4) ReNew Sunnyside, 5) Safety Committee Report. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. Your input is vital to our church operations.

Congratulations to the Sunnyside Adventurers on receiving “Club of the Year” award at the Oregon Conference Family Fun Day!  When asked impromptu, the Sunnyside children volunteered to lead the Pledge and Law during the opening ceremony. And they did a marvelous job!

A crew of tired actors and narrators repeated the same skit nine different times. And it got better and better with each turn! With soft voices and no microphones, you could almost hear a pin drop for almost 20 minutes at a time The children, parents, and leaders, were glued to the scene. Leaders were amazed that their children could sit and listen so intensely. Good job, everyone!

The Living Last Supper is a reenactment of the Lord’s Last Supper based on Leonardo da Vinci’s painting. This is an event you will not want to miss. Invite your friends and family. It will be presented for both worship services on June 22. You can help the team by lending  any of the following items:  Stoneware or wooden pitchers, wooden cups, large wooden bowls, and 24” stools. Contact Tracey at 503-481-4698.

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.

SunnyCity 2013 ~  Kids’Career Quest: “Imagine Your Future”: What are you passionate about? What do you do for living? What is your hobby? Do you work for a wonderful company or do you own a business? What do you still want to be “when you grow up”? Be an inspiration for young children and join us here, at Sunnyside, on the day before VBS, Sunday, June 23, 12:00 to 4:00 pm for SunnyCity. To sign-up and volunteer, see Natalia Gramada today, or e-mail: oliviangramada@msn.com.

Please join the team and help us create a beautiful event for everyone! We need people that are happy to serve the community: greet visitors, coordinate parking, help at registration, lead stations or assist in booths that are short staffed, help with set-up and take down, prepare supplies ahead of time, spread the word, invite community organizations or business people to host a booth, supervise inflatables, paint or play with children, sing for them or play musical instruments, teach them how to fix a bike, change a tire or check the engine’s oil, and many other possibilities! There’s something to do for everyone! Let us know how you’d like to help, and plan to join us for potluck on June 15. Contact Natalia ASAP: 503-750-9151 or oliviangramada@msn.com. Volunteer forms are available at the information table.

Vacation Bible School will be June 24-28, 6:30-8:30 pm, with graduation on June 29 at 10:00 am. We have an exciting program this year about Athens – Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth. Go to our website to see more details. If you haven’t yet signed up to volunteer, consider doing so. Bring your children, grandchildren, friends, and neighbors. They will remember their experience at VBS for a lifetime!

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.

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.

Congratulations to our graduates of 2013!

Alex Buchanan – Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Southern Adventist
Andrew Buchanan – Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Walla Walla
Becky Love – Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Portland State
Heidi Schosnig – Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Walla Walla
Julian Flores – Bachelor of Arts in Communication from University of Portland
Julie Betz – Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Walla Walla
Mindy Schreven – Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Walla Walla

High School
Aleksander Ghaffari from Portland Adventist Academy
Carina Allen from Portland Adventist Academy
Joanna Stephan from Home School
Sheyd Blue from Corbett High

Elementary School
Portland Adventist Elementary
Anthony Ghaffari
Madison Boskind
Maria Duong

Rivergate Elementary
Nathaniel Gren

A School for Siret…A Church for Mihaileni…And a Whole Lot More!
Meet Sunnyside Church’s Missionaries to Romania 2013
Sunday, July 28, to Monday, August 12
Early group leaves Monday, June 24; last group returns Wednesday, Sept. 4

Last Sabbath we introduced 49 persons. We now have an even 50. Who’s new? Answer below.

Shirley Allen (our associate pastor); Ray and Marion Betz (experienced short-term missionaries); Dick Fenn (chair, Romania Mission Taskforce);

Daniel Gramada (Nashville, Tennessee); Olivian (The Builders team leader) and Natalia (SunnyCity Siret and Jesus’ Kids in the Kitchen team leader) Gramada;

Vasile (Taskforce operations director), Viorica, and Dennis Gramada; Profira Racolta (Viorica’s mother); Viorel, Mirela, Andrei, Loriana, and Melissa Gramada; Mihai Acostachioaie (Mirela’s father);

Don (Wellness for Romania lecturer) and Trish (in-service programs for city staff) Hall; Vasile (transportation), Lidia, Andreea (Youth Service Corps leader), Bianca, and Gabriela Hutuleac; Scott (our senior pastor) and Dorothy LeMert;

Ted (M.D.; surgery lectures), Linda, and Bonnie Mackett; Alice Marin; Michelle Marin; Andre Martinez; Deffo Mebrat; David Miller; Kathy Nyseth (Adventist Medical Center nursing administration, with three teen grandchildren): Andrew Nyseth, Hannah Nyseth, and Rachel Schrattenholzer;

Arnold (M.D.; OB/GYN lectures; our head elder) and Karen Petersen; Kevin, Devi, Josie, Kort, and Dane Petersen; Jon Pitts and

Catherine Holloway Pitts; Kathy Pruitt; Lorie Ramey; Denise Smith, M.D. (Phoenix, Arizona; radiology lectures).

Kathy Pruitt is going to Romania instead of the Philippines.

Prayer Requests

Miller and Bonner Allen, 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: Stephanie Lorenson  Sunday: Jackson Nuss  Monday: Lorie Ramey  Tuesday: Raymond Betz II, Rebekah Larson, Michael Meredith, Erik Nielsen, Rhonda Rushold,  Stanton Wallace  Wednesday: Susan Aldridge, Aliey Bona, Elizabeth Cash, Greg Evangelista, Carol Kempler, Christian Marin, Jennifer Taylor, Lori Wieberdink  Thursday: Ezekiel Larson-Bottjen, Lily Montplaisir, George Vonhoff  Friday: Aleksander Ghaffari, Kathy Larson, Elizabeth Manley, Betty West, Tommy Wilson, Alaka Worana

Wellington and Darlene Manullang
on their 50th wedding anniversary

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 


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June 9, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Oregon Conference Holden Convention Center hosts a fun Singles’ work bee at the Oregon Conference grounds in Gladstone.  Bring work gloves and yard tools. Meet south of the Holden Center at 9:00 am. Then join us for lunch at the Sweet Tomatoes restaurant in Clackamas. RSVP Karen beachagate@gmail.com or Kathleen at541-992-4396.

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 lizg@csa.us.

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 Lisa.orc.mh@gmail.com or 503-850-3573.

September 11-14, 2013: Festival of the Laity free virtual conference via your computer. Get equipped for effective ministry with no registration, travel, or hotel expenses! The North American Division Adult Ministries Department is offering free online training for Sabbath School, Personal Ministries, and Prison Ministries leaders. Attend from the comfort of your home, church, or office—all you need is a computer with internet access. All of your church’s leaders can benefit these live broadcasts presented by globally respected facilitators. Visit www.festivalofthelaity.com to sign up.

The North American Division Music Committee for the 2015 General Conference Session (July 2-11 in San Antonio, Tex.) is now accepting applications from musicians/groups desiring to perform at the 2015 General Conference Session. Applications can be downloaded at the 2015 General Conference website atwww.gcsession.org. Click the “Music Application Packet” tab and follow all directions.  Applications will be processed through December 31, 2013.

Combined Budget (Local Church Expense)

Received June: $5,516 / Monthly Budget: $33,000
Received YTD: $307,984 / YTD Budget: $363,000
ReNew Sunnyside − Goal: $450,000 / Received: $42,348

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