August 3 Communiqué

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Greetings Sunnyside Family!

It was only six weeks ago that we hosted The Living Last Supper for our worship service at Sunnyside.  If you missed it, it’s worth checking out the DVD.  I hear that it’s about ready.  As most of you know, I had the privilege of playing Jesus in the production.  It was certainly an interesting experience.  Beyond growing the beard and letting the hair grow out a bit, there was the matter of learning to assume the character of Jesus. Or at least how we imagine Him to be.  In the subsequent weeks, many people have stopped me to comment how well I played the part.  “You were just like Jesus,” I’ve been told.  I appreciate the feedback because it validates the hard work of acting, yet there is a piece of me that is unsatisfied.  For those few hours, I was simply acting like Jesus.  Yet scripture promises that when we live the Christian journey of faith, Jesus lives in us and through us.  I crave to be so close to Jesus that people can see me without the beard, without the robe, without the hair, and say, “You are just like Jesus.”  This is what I desire for our church community.  May it be said of Sunnysiders, whenever we interact with each other or those who are not yet a part of our church community, “They are just like Jesus.”

This week, the Romania mission trip is in full swing.  We haven’t heard too many reports from on the ground, but there have been some pictures from the area.  We see many smiles and lots of great food. Sunnyside to Siret.  Continue to pray for our missionaries as they serve well across the world.

Thanks to each of you for everything you do to make Sunnyside a great place!


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. Pastor Jonathan Russell will be presenting our Bible message entitled The Art of Re-gifting.

Our monthly fellowship potluck will be immediately following our second service today. Plan to attend and bring enough food for your family as well as extra to serve our guests. This is a great time to visit with friends and make new acquaintances.

Today, our photographer will be taking photos in the Youth Room from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm . If you haven’t had your picture taken for our photo directory, this would be a good day to do so, or if you need a re-take, Ben will be happy to do that as well. Stop in and find the best time available for him to take your picture. Help us keep our photo directory up to date and include your picture along with your contact information.

The Week Ahead

Sunset:  Today  8:35 pm  •  Friday  8:27 pm

12:45 pm Fellowship Potluck
3:30 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
6:00 pm Romanian Prayer Meeting – Final Events with Stephen Bohr (Room 63)

Tue, Aug 6
6:30 pm The American Revolution (Room 63)

Wed, Aug 7
10:00 am FaithLift – John 5 (Room 21)
6:30 pm Wednesday Night Prayer & Readings (Prayer Room) Last Day Events by Ellen White – Chapter 11 “Satan’s Last Day Deceptions”
7:00 pm CherryWood Prayer Meeting – Bob Manley

Thr, Aug 8
6:30 pm Safety Committee (Workroom)

Fri, Aug 9
6:00 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)

Sab, Aug 10
Sermon: The Art of Re-gifting – Pastor Jonathan

Church Announcements

Audio/Video team members wanted! If you have ever had an interest in working with the audio or video departments, now is the time to sign up! You do not need experience. We can teach you what you need to know. All you need is a willing spirit and desire to learn. Contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

 Our Healthy Heart Team is looking for volunteers on the second Sunday of every month at Gateway Fred Meyer from 11 am to 4 pm. This is the group that does blood-pressure screening. They are in need of greeters, secretaries, people who can take blood pressure, and counselors. Two to three-hour shifts are available. If you can help, please contact Japhena at 503-348-9152.

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.

Family Resource Network – Thank you for your support of our Family Resource Network. So far this year, because of your gifts, we were able to help many members of our church family and community that had pressing financial needs. We appreciate you remembering your brothers and sisters. When contributing, just mark your contribution to account #9387, Family Resource Network. Thank you.

Prayer Requests

Gerald Bruce, Alex Buchanan, Elena Ciuca, Johnetta Fuller, Danette’s sister), Michael Hamilton, Jim Kramer, Nancy Ruhl, all who have financial, spiritual, and health needs, and the 50-member Romania Mission taskforce.

For  comfort and peace. . .
For the family and friends of Millie Allen who passed away July 28, 2013. There will be a memorial service here at Sunnyside August 17 at 3:00 pm.

For the family and friends of Maria Heissler who passed away July 28, 2013, and
Robert Heissler who passed away July 29, 2013.

This Week’s Celebrations

Today: Able Cruz-Martinez, Marcella Gearhart, Maria Solis  Monday: Matthew Balance, Ronald Blehm, Rachel Pierre-Paul  Tuesday:  Glenn Hudkins, Alan Hurlbert, Nolan Vorce, Hunter Wescott  Wednesday: Merrily Rockwell, Jeffrey Ward  Thursday: Morgan Nuss, Dmitry Poperechnyy  Friday: Mychal Blaire-Brown, Emilie Butler, Jason Clark, Sharon Marsh, Larry Ramey, Betsy White

Coming Events

August 31, 6:00 pm – Bobbie McGhee and Friends Concert
September 8, 3:30 pm – Corn Feed and Picnic


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Portland Adventist Academy is having its 14th Annual Cougar Golf Tournament at Stone Creek Golf Club on Sunday, August 18 starting at 7:30 am. If you would like to sign up, please register at under the “Sports/Golf Tournament” tab.

Breaking News! Pastor Les Zolbrecht has just accepted the role as Associate Director for Youth Ministries and Big Lake Youth Camp Director at the Oregon Conference. PAA has been blessed to have Pastor Les as a Bible teacher, Chaplain, and leader in many important roles for the last 11 years. We wish him the best as he moves on to his new responsibilities.

School is just around the corner! Portland Adventist Academy is already preparing for students to start on September 3 (new students) and September 4 (all students). If you or someone you know would like a Christ-Centered, Character-Driven education, please call PAA at 503.255.8372

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Area Events & Announcements

A rumor circulating that Pope Francis has a brother who is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is untrue. Please disregard a widely distributed YouTube sermon in which Hugo Gambetta makes these claims. Church leaders from South America, who are familiar with the situation, have confirmed that Gambetta is a former Seventh-day Adventist minister.

A male Sunnyside member needs a male traveling buddy for a driving trip to Minnesota, near Minneapolis/St. Paul, during the month of August. For details contact the office at 503-252-8080.

Needed: Child’s car seat, up to 30 lbs. If you have a child’s rear-facing car seat that could be loaned during the month of August — please call the church office at

August 10, 7:00 pm: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver hosts Alter Wiener, holocaust survivor. He will share his powerful and poignant autobiographical story: “From a Name to a Number.”

August 10, 7:30 pm: Hood View Church hosts a piano concert by Alicia and Matthew Dellen.

August 29—September 1: Central Oregon. Join us for the 3rd Annual REFRESHED Retreat as we welcome special guest speaker Dr. Jo Ann Davidson from the Andrews University Theological Seminary held August 29th through September 1st at the scenic base of Paulina Peak in Central Oregon. Theme this year is, “The Gift of the Sabbath.” Friday evening service at 5:00 pm followed by an agape dinner. Sabbath school at 9:30 am with Chuck Burkeen (Director of the Member Ministry Department) and his wife Joyce. Church service will begin at 10:45 am. RSVP by August 25. Read more, or go to

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 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 at Click the “Music Application Packet” tab and follow all directions.  Applications will be processed through December 31, 2013.

October 18-20, 2013: Eagle Crest hosts the 27th annual Oregon Christian Women’s Retreat featuring Elizabeth Talbot from the Jesus 101 Institute. Theme: Exceedingly, abundantly, beyond all we can ask or imagine. For more information and to register go to:

Combined Budget (Local Church Expense)

Received July: $25,589 / Monthly Budget: $38,000
Received YTD: $25,589 / YTD Budget: $38,000
ReNew Sunnyside − Goal: $450,000 / Received: $63,150

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