August 24 Communiqué

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Dear Sunnyside Church family,

It was wonderful to meet with you to worship last Sabbath. The first Sabbath in Romania Olivian and Natalia Gramada, Michelle and Alice Marin, and myself worshiped in the church at Siret and we doubled the attendance for the day.  We sang praises to God without accompaniment and I had no idea how to pronounce the Romanian words. After the service someone (Carmen for those who were there) brought out a tin of candy and we visited for a while. I smiled a lot as I had no other way of communicating. Sometimes we have no words…

Sometimes when we go through troubling experiences where there is hurt or pain we have no words. Even if we do have words we don’t know who to trust to tell them to. That is often the situation with those who are being or who have been abused.

Sunnyside Women’s Ministry asked that we address the painful subject of abuse. I hope that the Bible message will encourage each of you whether or not you or someone you know has been a victim of abuse. Sometimes our well meant comments can continue to cause pain to victims because of our lack of understanding of the situation.

We will introduce you to our new PAES principal Sabbath morning. Barbara Plubell.

There has been a great deal of activity in our picnic area outside of the Youth Class. If you parked in the AMC parking lot you probably would have noticed. A huge thank you to all who made it happen.

Pastor Scott will be away this weekend and Pastor Jonathan and the family will be taking a well deserved break next week.

grace mercy peace
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. Pastor Shirley Allen will be presenting our Bible message entitled Jesus Is Your Refuge.

Today has been designated by the North American Division Women’s Ministries Department as the “EndItNow Emphasis Day.” Educating ourselves and our membership on this issue of abuse is paramount to change. We are God’s hands and feet — His arms of love to a world in need. The Sunnyside Women’s Ministries Department has taken up the challenge to address it here at Sunnyside. Remember, abuse is everywhere, in the community, as well as in the homes of church members!

If you or anyone you know is in need of resources we have placed brochures on the tables at the exit. Our Women’s Ministries leaders can also be contacted if you have any questions. Their contact details appear on the resources. 

The Week Ahead

Sunset:  Today  8:02 pm  •  Friday  7:51 pm
3:30 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
6:00 pm Romanian Prayer Meeting – Final Events with Stephen Bohr (Room 63)

Tue, Aug 27
Noon Bulletin Deadline
6:30 pm The American Revolution (Room 63)

Wed, Aug 28
10:00 am FaithLift – John 7 (Room 21)
6:30 pm Worship Committee Room 21)
6:30 pm Wednesday Night Prayer & Readings (Prayer Room) Last Day Events by Ellen White – Chapter 13 “The Latter Rain”
7:00 pm CherryWood Prayer Meeting – Ted Mackett

Fri, Aug 30
6:00 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)

Sab, Aug 31
You Can Look Away, But It Won’t Go Away – Raj Attiken, Ohio Conference President
Children’s Church (Fellowship Hall)

Church Announcements

Membership Transfers – First Reading:
Karl and Lani Brower from Lebanon Church, Lebanon, Oregon
Patricia Foster from Medford Church, Medford, Oregon
Jared and Jina Lehman from Sandy Church, Sandy, Oregon
Genny Manley from Canyonville Church, Canyonville, Oregon
Donald and Annette Riebe from Pacific Union College Church, Angwin, Calif.

Wes Hamlin to Castle Rock Church, Castle Rock, Washington
Marylou Kinnman to Stone Tower Church, Portland, Oregon
Jonathan Maciuk to Stone Tower Church, Portland, Oregon
Reuben Vaselenko to Sacramento Central Church, Sacramento, California

Partial Nominating Committee Report
Second Reading:
Tom Davis, Worship Team Member
First Reading:
Russ Davidson, Worship Team Member
Phyllis Woods, Chairperson, Interior Design Committee

Let the good times begin! Pathfinder registration is Tuesday, August 27, 6-8 pm, here at the church. The activities and camp-outs are beginning right away; you won’t want to miss out on all the fun.

Your Church Library: You may now access information re: holdings (books, DVDs, CDs) available at the church using a lap-top computer in the library. A “directory” listing, a hard copy of the same materials, continues to be available as needed.

For your summer reading pleasure, check out these recent additions: Youth/Adult: “Gift from the River” by Loron Wade; “Soldier Stories” by Joe Wheeler (Author of Christmas in the  Heart and other stories); and “More Amazing True Mission Stories” by J. and Jean Zachary. Children:  “Guides Greatest Change of Heart Stories” by Lori Peckham; “I’m adopted, You’re adopted” by Susan Davis.  There are a variety of good books for easy reading and to be shared with tiny tots.  Come in and enjoy.

Beginning Handbells – Are you curious and would like to explore what Handbell ringing is like? Consider joining a beginning three-octave handchime/handbell choir. Invite a friend, a spouse or family member to join with you and have fun learning something new together.

Handbells – The Sunnyside Five-octave Handbell Choir will begin weekly rehearsals very soon. Especially if you have had experience ringing, or read music well and consider yourself a quick learner, you are needed as we begin this new season. We have at least two vacancies due to class schedule conflicts.

For more information, call Rosemayne today at 503-730-5317.

The Children’s Division Sabbath School will be conducting graduations in each of their classrooms September 7.

Auditions – The Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra has openings for 2 section 1st Violinists and one section Cellist for the 2013-2014 season.  For audition information please contact Travis Hatton at 503-781-4515 or email The Orchestra web site is

Portland Adventist Academy Constituency meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 7:00 pm, at the academy. Sunnyside delegates, please mark your calendar.

Betty Reuble (Marcia Dunham’s mother) passed away August 20, 2013. A memorial service will be conducted  September 14, 2:00 pm, at Mt. Tabor Church where she was a member.

A friend of many, Jim Pence, passed away on July 30, 2013, in Loma Linda, California. Please join the Family and Friends in the Celebration of Life, Friday, September 6, 2013, at 10:30 am. Gather at the Administration Office at the Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd, Portland, to join the caravan to proceed to the shelter where the service will take place with full Military Honors. Immediately following will be a short service of his placement at his gravesite. Family and Friends are invited to join us at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 12725 SE 93rd Ave, Clackamas, for lunch and share fond memories of this wonderful man.

Ardith Cornforth passed away August 13, 2013. There will be a memorial service August 26, 2013, 12:30 pm at Meadow Glade Church.

Marvin Seibel passed away August 15. A memorial service will be conducted at The Village Retirement Center on E. Powell September 7, 2013, 3:00 pm.

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, Verna E. Dixon, Johnetta Fuller, Danette’s sister), Michael Hamilton,  Jim Kramer (Tom Kramer’s brother),  Judy Kramer, Nancy Ruhl, and all who have financial, spiritual, and health needs.

This Week’s Celebrations

Tammy Harwood, Donald Krein, Zachary Miller, Marilyn Wallace,
Juli-Ann Williams  Monday: Carolyn Fenn, Virginia Fortuna, Liezel Rognsvoog,
Lorrie Wescott  Tuesday: Matthew Danowski, Vasile Hutuleac  Wednesday:
Francie Davidson, Al Reimche Thursday: Julia Baerg, Shirley Blehm-Hartnell,
Finn Overland, Joanna Stephan, Nicholas Stiles, Blayne Swope, Friday: Orpha Dempsey, Kyndre Lundquist

Coming Events

Sabbath, August 31, our worship services will be presented by Dr. Raj Attiken, Ohio Conference president and others. At 6:00 pm, we will enjoy the 11th Annual Bobby McGhee and Friends Vespers entitled “A New Decade of Love,” featuring the Three Wisemen Quartet and many local artists. Stark Street pizza follows vespers.

Sunday, September 1, beginning at 7:30 am, the Adventist Softball Tournament will be held at Brush Prairie field. View map at:

Allison Cheng will be the featured artist at vespers September 7 at 7:00 pm. This will be a benefit for People-to-People Ministries. Following the service Allison will have CDs available.

September 8, 3:30 pm – Corn Feed and Picnic


Portland Adventist Academy
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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.

PAA has yet more changes to announce. It is with mixed feelings we say goodbye to Jon Lovenguth, a 15-year PAA teacher. Mr. Lovenguth recently found full time employment after serving PAA as a part time teacher for several years. We are happy for him, of course. But he will be missed.

We are also thrilled to announce the addition of Pastor Steve Lemke to our Bible teaching staff. Some of our pastors are already familiar with Steve and know that he will be a great addition to our team!

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

Portland Adventist Elementary  School
School starts: September 3

Rivergate Adventist Elementary School
Registration: August 27, 2 pm
School starts: Tuesday, September 3

Area Events

August 29—September 1: Central Oregon.  Join us for the 3rd Annual REFRESHED Retreat, as we worship outdoors at the base of scenic Paulina Peak in Central Oregon held August 29th through September 1st.  This retreat is a time for all to come out and become refreshed through God’s word, nature, and fellowship. This year, we welcome special guest speaker Dr. Jo Ann Davidson from the SDA Theological Seminary at the campus of Andrews University.  The theme for the weekend 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.  Read more, or go to

September 8, 6 pm: Stone Tower Church presents Financial Peace University. Classes are once a week for 9 weeks. Register online at and look for classes.

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.

September 13: Beaverton Church begins the new CHIP+ program. Information sessions will be held on September 3, 9, and 10. For more information visit, call 503-646-9282 ext 39, or email

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 August: $14,777 / Monthly Budget: $38,000
Received YTD: $40,366 / YTD Budget: $76,000
ReNew Sunnyside − Goal: $450,000 / Received: $64,630

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