November 30 Communiqué

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Dearest Sunnyside,

So much to talk about, so let’s get right to it!  First, a special thanks to everyone who had part in last Sabbath’s programs.  The PAES kids were just great!  They are tomorrow’s church.  And then it was so special to add Pastor Jonathan to the ranks of “ordained” Seventh-day Adventist pastors.

Sunday evening, the church in business meeting, voted to proceed with Sunnyside ReNew Phase 2.1, which will be a complete redo of the fellowship room and youth room.  This will include the finishing of the new storage annex, new carpet (hooray!), new audio/visual media systems, and overall redecorate.  The cost is $185,000, of which we have the first $85,000.  This means we need to collectively each consider our part of the additional $100,000.  Also voted, ReNew Phase 2.2, which is a redo of the four main restrooms, $60,000, to commence once Phase 2.1 is finished, paid for, and the funds are raised for the next part.

Many have also asked that we not forget our outreach ministries.  The church board on Wednesday evening voted a $28,000 budget for 2014, which will be garnered from, $5,000 – the Oregon Conference, $13,000 – Sunnyside outreach reserves, and $10,000 – from the “Life on the Sunnyside” banquet this Sunday night. (That’s scheduled for 5:30 pm.  Please, plan to attend.)  Neither with all of this can we forget our church budget needs.  It is only asked that at this end of the business year, we each consider what our sacrificial part in these needs might be.

This Sabbath, we will celebrate our second Thanksgiving Sabbath, this one under the theme, “Gracious Gratitude,” with music in worship presented by our choir and the Sunnyside Handbells.  See you Sabbath!

Happy Thanksgiving (and an early, Merry Christmas)!

 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 Scott LeMert will be presenting our Bible message entitled Graceful Gratitude.

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 Week Ahead

Sunset:  Today  4:29 pm  •  Friday  4:27 pm

3:30 pm  Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)
6:00 pm  Final Events with Stephen Bohr DVD (Room 21)

Sun, Dec 1      
5:30 pm  Life on the Sunnyside Banquet (Fellowship Hall)

Mon, Dec 2      
5:30 pm WWU Students Bread Night (WWU School of Nursing Resident Hall)
6:00 pm Hazelwood-NET (Room 60)

Tue, Dec 3
Noon Bulletin Deadline
6:00 pm Pathfinders (Basement)
6:30 pm Worship Team Meeting (Workroom)
6:30 pm Adventurers (Children’s Wing)
6:30 pm Introduction to Judaism – Wilfred Geschke (Room 63)
6:30 pm Worship Team Meeting (Workroom)

Wed, Dec 4
10:00 am FaithLift: John 14– Christmas Potluck (Room 21)
6:30 pm Prayer & Readings (Prayer Room) Desire of Ages by Ellen White – “Unto You a Savior”
7:00 pm CherryWood Prayer Meeting –Arnold Petersen

Thr, Dec 5
6 pm Handbell Rehearsal (Room 82)
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)

Fri, Dec 6
5:00 pm Young Adult Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
6:00 pm Oromo Choir Rehearsal (Basement)

Sab, Dec 7
A Hope That Will Not Disappoint – Pastor Scott
12:45 pm Fellowship Potluck

Church Announcements

New City Initiative: Homeless – Temporary Housing – Permanent Housing
– A way to make a difference!

The issue
We know that the issue of homelessness occurs in our community and that it seems like an overwhelming problem. We have an opportunity to make a difference and to respond to the great commission – to go out into the world and spread God’s love. We can do that both internationally and locally.

The opportunity
Women’s Ministries and Sunnyside Family Resource Network are working together to support a formerly homeless family as they transition from temporary housing to permanent housing. A team from Sunnyside will be formed to assist a selected family as they make this important step. The team will help with setting up the new household, get settled into the community, set family and budget goals. Most important, we have a unique opportunity share God’s love in a meaningful way.

The family will be selected by a community nonprofit organization – the Village Support Network. This organization is experienced in this activity and will provide training and support.

How you can help
You can pray for the work of the Village Support Team and the family who is making the courageous change.

You can be part of the team to work together to help a family in need,  There will be a training session on January 26.  If you cannot make that session, alternative training can be provided. Our team will be comprised of six to eight members. The time commitment will be four to six hours per month for a  six-month period of time.

This is an exciting opportunity and a great way to demonstrate God’s love through local mission.

Please contact Dianne Glovatsky 503-706-5611 or Kathy Pruitt 360-253-3131 with questions, or to volunteer.

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

Christmas Season Readings in the Prayer Room on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm. You are invited to join us as we consider God’s greatest gift – Jesus, who voluntarily left His position in heaven to become a permanent member of our human family – now fully human and fully divine! Come to listen, read, and be blessed by the most amazing story ever told!

Prayer Requests

Alex Buchanan, Gladys (Marie Pierre’s sister), 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

Heather Gough Sunday: Esther Pierre, Thomas Taylor  Monday: Heather Avilla, Karen Mathiesen, Connie Miller, Steffen Moller  Tuesday: Judy Carpenter, Ruby Griffin  Wednesday: Tena Baehm, Stephen Henry, Leanna Inman, William Johnson, David Myers  Friday: Paulette Hanchett

Christmas at Sunnyside



 7, 8:45, 11:15 am: Young Adult Christmas
December 13, 7:00 pm: Portland Adventist Academy Christmas Concert
December 14, 8:45, 11:15 am: Family Christmas Worship
December 14, 4:00 pm: Brass Concert
December 20, 7:00 pm: Family Christmas Musical Program
December 21, 8:30 am: Christmas Brunch
     10:00 am: Bible Study Class
     11:00 am: Isaiah’s Messiah accompanied by Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra
December 28, 8:45, 11:15 am: Communion Service with Choir & Bells


Portland Adventist Academy

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

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: $25,461/ Monthly Budget: $38,000
Received YTD: $136,482 / YTD Budget: $190,000
ReNew Sunnyside Phase 2.1 − Goal: $185,000 / Received: $84,943
Fellowship Hall/Youth Room

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