November 23 Communiqué

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Happy Thanksgiving Saints!

Hope you are planning on joining Sunnyside for worship tomorrow!  You are in for a treat of a special kind.  Portland Adventist Elementary School will be doing both services, almost entirely.  And, the two services are different, done this way intentionally to be able to incorporate all of the students and their many musical activities at the school.  They have been practicing for this event and have been here rehearsing.  If you have young families in your friendship circle, this would be a great Sabbath to invite them.  You might even want to take in both services.  Come and support the kids and school staff!

Tomorrow afternoon Sunnyside will also host another important event that does not come our way very often.  It is the special ordination service for own, Pastor Jonathan Russell.  The service will start at 3:00 and a reception will follow.

This last Wednesday evening the Sunnyside Church Board finalized on a proposal for Sunnyside ReNew Phase 2.1–the fellowship room and other areas of the church. This proposal will be unveiled to the church at the business meeting which has been called for Sunday night at 6:00.  It is important for each to try to attend this milestone event.

Also, the church board voted a comprehensive outreach budget and plan for the upcoming year of 2014.  There will be a “Life on the Sunnyside” banquet Sunday night, December 1, at 5:30.  It has become a tradition for Sunnyside to fund these many outreach ministries in advance so that those involved with them can focus their efforts on actual ministry and not just fundraising.  Look for information to sign up for this banquet.  Please, plan to attend and support these many and varied activities that are all about Sunnyside’s mission to our community.

 Pastor Scott & Staff

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 Countdown to Thanksgiving.

The floral tribute is presented by the Elders in honor of Pastor Jonathan Russell’s ordination this afternoon.

Welcome to Portland Adventist Elementary School staff, students, and families worshiping with us today. The students, under the direction of Anthony Neely, will be providing much of our worship music today.


This service will be live-streamed. If you are
unable to attend you may view it at
Immediately following the ordination
service there will be a reception in the fellowship hall.

A Church Business meeting has been called for Sunday, November 24, 2013, 6:00 pm. The agenda will include discussions and decisions regarding Phase II of ReNew Sunnyside with the objective of breaking Phase II into smaller sections. Come, view the suggested color palette, and help make the decisions.

The Week Ahead

Sunset:  Today  4:33 pm  •  Friday  4:29 pm

3:00 pm Pastor Jonathan Russell’s ordination
3:30 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
6:00 pm Final Events with Stephen Bohr DVD (Room 21)

Sun, Nov 24
6:00 pm Church Business Meeting

Mon, Nov 25
7:00 pm Genealogy – Finding Your German Roots in Russia (Room 21)

Tue, Nov 26
Noon Bulletin Deadline
5:00 pm Handbell Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
6:30 pm Introduction to Judaism – Wilfred Geschke (Room 63)

Wed, Nov 27
6:30 pm Prayer & Readings (Prayer Room) Desire of Ages by Ellen White – Chapter 1 “God With Us”
7:00 pm CherryWood Prayer Meeting –Ted Mackett

Thr, Nov 28
Office Closed – Happy Thanksgiving
8:00 am Turkey Trot – Washington Park (Zoo)

Fri, Nov 29
Office Closed
5:00 pm Handbell Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
6:00 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)

Sab, Nov 30
Sermon: Graceful Gratitude – Pastor Scott

Church Announcements

Partial Nominating Committee Report – First Reading:
Library Committee: Patrick Shima / Earliteens: Jean Butler

It’s time to order a new devotional book for next year! There is a sample of each book available from the Adventist Book Center and order sheets on the information desk. Place your order and the books will be ordered during the first week of December and ready for pick up Sabbath, December 7, in time to be used as Christmas gifts. By ordering through the church we do get special pricing.

Eight Midwest states suffered the damaging effects of dozens of tornadoes the past week. The local Adventist Community Services Disaster Response is responding to this tragedy. Please pray for the thousands of individuals who have been affected, and consider giving financial support through ACS. To donate, visit, call 1-800-381-7171, or mark a tithe envelope “ACS Disaster Response.”

ADRA is helping those that have suffered in the Philippines. If you would like to help, there is a flyer on the table in the Narthex that explains how you may assist.

Family Resource Network – Thanks to you who give regularly and you who give occasionally to the Family Resource Network. Your gifts have enabled us recently to help some of our family through some very difficult times. Please continue to remember those in need; mark your contribution to account #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.

Invite your family and friends to the Family Christmas Sabbath, December 14, during our second worship service as we share “Greetings from the Heart.” Also, you still have a chance to be a participant in this year’s program. There are many opportunities for our entire church family to participate: acting, music, painting, props, stage management, and “wrangling.” To get involved, contact Kimberly Helton, 503-667-1327.

Life on the Sunnyside banquet will be December 1, at 5:30 pm, here at the church in the fellowship hall. This is a once-a-year banquet to raise funds to support our local outreach programs.

The Adventurer Club thanks you for all your support, donations, and participation during our Harvest Festival/Silent Auction. We are more than $1,050 richer! We felt loved and appreciated and had a wonderful time together enjoying a delicious haystack dinner, awesome puppet show, and wonderful fellowship

November 28, 8 am, Thanksgiving morning, join us for the annual Turkey Trot at the Zoo. This is geared to the entire family – walkers, runners, and kids. It begins at the Forestry Center and ends in the zoo. For more information contact Arnold Petersen. To view details go to http://goo/gl/MYjxf.

Wanted for an outreach project: Eight, in good condition, devotionals “God of Wonders” by Steen by Dec. 14. Please contact Nancy Kirk 503-695-5694.

Prayer Requests

Alex Buchanan, Donald Gren (Conrad’s father), Michael Hamilton, Nick Jones, Nancy Ruhl, the people in the Philippines, those in the Midwest who have suffered tornado damage, and all who have financial, spiritual, and health needs.

For comfort and peace for Jim and Vivian Robertson on the death of Jim’s mother, Phyllis Robertson, November 13. There will be a memorial service for her December 4, 1:30 pm, at Hearthstone Murrayhill in Beaverton.

This Week’s Celebrations

Today: Ethel Inaba, Christina Kellogg, Carol Sanders, Lynn Wagner  Sunday: Lindsay Montgomery  Monday: Rolf Kraus, Duane Miner  Tuesday: Carol Brown, Allen Kites, Gelu Tapoi  Wednesday: Linda Drury, Joan Fenn, Emma Hillberg, Sabinna Pierre  Thursday: John Constantinescu  Friday: Jonathan Russell

Welcome to Benson Thomas Blumenberg born November 14, 2013, to Wes and Joanie Blumenberg weighing in at 8 lbs, 6 oz. Congratulations Wes and Joanie!

Coming Events



Portland Adventist Academy

Thank you so much for your prayers and support for our PAASS Auction. We brought in over $32,000 this year! We are excited and happy that this will benefit more students with financial help that want to be a part of the Portland Adventist Academy family.

Portland Adventist Elementary
Korean exchange students attending PAES.
Homestay needed for:
– 7th grade Korean boy attending Jan. 6-Mar 2. 
– 8th grade Korean girl attending starting immediately through December 20, possibly through Feb. 14.
Compensation for expenses will be provided. Please call Barbara Plubell at 503-665-4102 for more information.

Area Events

You can make this thanksgiving a happier one for low-income families. PACS is seeking turkeys, chickens, eggs, and stuffing to provide to people through the food pantry. Donations can be dropped off at PACS 11-4 pm Sunday, and 9-5 pm, Monday & Tuesday (11020 NE Halsey St, Portland). Thank you for your kindness!

December 6-8 and 13-15: Bring your friends to the 12th annual Follow the Star live nativity and holiday musical event at 19500 Oatfield Rd. in Gladstone. Free tickets are available at but are going fast. A limited number of free tickets will be available at the door each evening for those who come without online reservations. For more info go to

December 13, 7:00 pm: Tabernacle Church Christmas Choir & Orchestra performs a beautiful Christmas cantata of praise and promise that is sure to inspire and comfort. Bring family and friends for music, fellowship, and a reception of treats and hot cider. This annual event is free to everyone.

December 21, 4 pm: The Village Retirement Center hosts Healing Hope church choir presenting “Adore Him Christmas Cantata.”

December 24, 7 pm: Columbia Life Center will hosts the Healing Hope church choir presenting “Adore Him Christmas Cantata.”



The Member Ministries & Evangelism department in the Oregon Conference Office is looking for a full-time administrative assistant who is excited about working for the Lord and his people, and has strong interpersonal, organizational, and computer skills. To see a full job description and/or apply, please visit the Oregon Conference Employment page at

Combined Budget (Local Church Expense)

Received November: $17,929/ Monthly Budget: $38,000
Received YTD: $128,950 / YTD Budget: $190,000
ReNew Sunnyside − Goal: $450,000 / Received: $84,392

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