September 21 Communiqué

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Greetings Church Family,

One of the unique joys of pastoral ministry is the opportunity to preach on Sabbath mornings.  It’s always exciting to discover how God will use humble thoughts and faithful study to instruct and inspire a few hundred people at one time.  I regularly find myself in awe of the process, and I really enjoy participating in it.  I look forward to the opportunities to preach and you’d be hard-pressed to find me willingly giving up that opportunity for any reason However, that’s just what will happen tomorrow at Sunnyside, and I believe we’ll all be better off for it.

It was a few months ago that Lydia Krueger-Blehm came to me with an idea.  “I want to preach,” she said.  As we began to talk about her journey and the message that God was laying on her heart, I quickly knew that it was the right thing.  Over the past few months, we’ve spent countless hours together studying, thinking, and working together to make sure her thoughts and inspiration would shine through.  And tomorrow is the day that it will all come together.

Over those months, I’ve come to appreciate her perspective, her thinking, and her focus.  And for, possibly, the first time in my life I’m really excited that I’m not the one preaching tomorrow, because I believe God has given Lydia a message. I’m looking forward to hearing it from the front row.  I hope that you’ll be there.  I hope you’ll be there to support one young lady as she faces the fear of sharing her ideas with the world.  I hope you’ll be there to give her encouragement and attention.  But most of all I hope you’ll be there to be inspired, to hear a word from our great God.

See you tomorrow.

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. Lydia Krueger-Blehm will be presenting our Bible message entitled Worship.

Sunset:  Today  7:09 pm  •  Friday  6:58 pm

3:00 pm      Handbell Quartet Rehearsal (Room 82)
3:30 pm      Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
6:00 pm      Romanian Prayer Meeting – Final Events with Stephen Bohr (Room 63)

Sun, Sept 22
8:30 am      Let’s Move Day—5K Run/Walk

Mon, Sept 23
7:00 pm
Genealogy–Finding Your Germans-from- Russia Ancestors

Tue, Sept 24
6:00 pm Pathfinders (Basement)
6:30 pm Adventurers
6:30 pm The American Revolution (Room 63)

Wed, Sept 25
10:00 am FaithLift – John 10 (Room 21)
5:30 pm Worship Team Leaders Meeting (Room 21)
6:30 pm Wednesday Night Prayer & Readings (Prayer Room)
Last Day Events by Ellen White – Chapter 17 “The Seven Last Plagues and the Wicked”
7:00 pm CherryWood Prayer Meeting – Ted Mackett

Thr, Sept 26
6:00 pm Handbell Rehearsal (Room 82)
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)

Fri, Sept 27
6:00 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)

Sab, Sept 28
Communion Sabbath

Sermon:  Bless the Lord, O My Soul – Pastor Scott

Church Announcements

If you enjoy singing, consider joining the Sunnyside Church Choir. Our rehearsals are every Thursday night at 7:00 pm.

Children’s Health Expo is coming September 29. We are preparing some giveaway bags and would like to include small bars of soap. If you can donate some, please drop them off at the church office.

Adult Health Expo is also September 29. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

A workshop on Finding Your Germans-from-Russia Ancestors will be offered again this fall, starting September 23, and continuing on the second and fourth Monday evenings of each month through December 9, at 7:00 pm in Room 21. For more information contact Harold Lang at 503-251-2948 or

Alex Buchanan is home. Wheelchair-bound, yes–due to injuries sustained in that bike accident early this summer. But . . . he is home. And thankful to be home. So is the family. We’re all thankful and ready to show our love for Alex. Here’s how: Alex enjoys good cooking. Good food will foster healing. Consider signing up to help supply ready-to-serve meals for Alex and family. The web address is Alex will love your love.

Adventist Health Hospice is offering free training for new volunteers October 7-9 and Oct 14-16 from 6-8 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to train for a rewarding ministry, touching lives and families. For more information email, Debra Schneider, volunteer coordinator, at or contact Harold Burden at 503-257-4883 or

The Pathfinders are selling pies to raise funds for the International Camporee in Oshkosh next year. Help them out by ordering your holiday pies in advance. Orders need to be placed by October 15 and they will be available for pick up on November 4. There is a flyer available on the Information table.

The Pathfinders are also involved in a glass-etching honor. They are in need of donations of plain glass vases, bowls, mirrors, drinking glasses, etc. If you can donate any of these, please drop them by the church office.

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 – 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.

Handbells—The Sunnyside Five-octave Handbell Choir is short only one ringer.  If you are curious and would like to explore what handbell ringing is like, you could fill that empty spot—making those two white keys (on the piano) sound on the bells.  Especially if you have had experience ringing, or read music well and consider yourself a quick learner, you could enjoy a team approach to worship music.  For more information, please call Rosemayne today at 503-730-5317.

Prayer Requests

Gerald Bruce, Alex Buchanan, Michael Hamilton, Jim Kramer (Tom Kramer’s brother), Ted Morford, Nancy Ruhl, and all who have financial, spiritual, and health needs.

This Week’s Celebrations

Today: Jewell Gosse, Lynette Penhallurick-Hall, Julie Wilson  Sunday: Rodica Dragulin, Teresa Holly, Robert Russell, Daniel Ursu  Monday: Jeffrey Collins, Richard Gingrich  Tuesday: Kristian Flores, Scott LeMert  Wednesday: Valerie Do  Thursday: Sandi Swiridoff, Amy Tamayose  Friday: Janet Flowers, Monica Reyes

 This week, the floral tribute is presented by Calvin and Shirley Hartnell in celebration of Cal’s 90th birthday.

Coming Events

Fun Run/Expo

On Sabbath, October 5, at 7:30 pm, the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus is presenting a free concert by the Brethren, a nationally-renowned choral group, conducted by Patrick Vaughn. The Brethren will be joined by the OAMC in selected numbers. Seating is limited and tickets are required. Reserve your free tickets at For a sample of inspiring music, go to and search Brethren.


Portland Adventist Academy
The 2013-14 school year has officially begun and with it Portland Adventist Academy welcomes a wave of new faces, both students and teachers. We are excited to report that enrollment is strong (230 at last count) and that our freshman class is one of the largest we’ve seen in many years. This is a reminder that the future continues to look incredibly bright for PAA! Each of our seven new staff members is a fantastic fit for our program. New Principal Dan Nicola sums it up by saying, “The quality of people we were able to find can only be because of God. Meet them in this month’s e-Headlines!

Portland Adventist Elementary  School  

Area Events

Adventist Health Hospice is offering free training for new volunteers October 7-9 and Oct 14-16 from 6-8 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to train for a rewarding ministry, touching lives and families. For more information email, Debra Schneider, volunteer coordinator, at or contact Harold Burden at 503-257-4883 or

September 21, 2:00 pm: Hood View Church hosts Dr. Hans Diehl, “Reversing Modern Killer Diseases with Fork and Knife.” For detailed information call 503-512-9055.

September 28, 2:15 pm: Healing Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church (formerly Open Arms Church) hosts Wayne Blakely, author and public speaker: “Identity Matters: What determines the success or failure of a soul seeking a redemptive relationship with God?”

September 29: Portland City Sanctuary hosts the New Hood View Chip+ program. For more information call 503-512-9055.

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 9-13: Wildwood Lifestyle Center, Wildwood, Georgia, hosts the 39th annual Wildwood Medical Seminar. This year it will focus on the various methods for relieving pain For more information view, or call 1-800-844-1099 ext 1043 o 423-521-5058.

October 10, 8 pm: OPB Plus Channel 10 will be showing “Adventists 2.” This is the second part of the documentary, The Adventists. “Adventists 2” tells of the church’s commitment to medical mission work. It was filmed in Haiti, the Amazon, Malawi, Africa, China, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. Learn more and watch the trailer at

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:
This event is now full, but for satellite viewing contact Renee Geppert at Lents Church, 503-774-7290.

Combined Budget (Local Church Expense)

Received September: $20,278 / Monthly Budget: $38,000
Received YTD: $75,624 / YTD Budget: $76,000
ReNew Sunnyside − Goal: $450,000 / Received: $68,376

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