March 15 Communiqué

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Greetings Sunnysiders!

It’s been a busy week around the church!  Carpet layers arrived early Monday morning to take out 30-year-worn carpet and replace it with new.  The “blind guy” was here to install blinds on the windows of the fellowship hall and youth room.  ReNew 2.1 is quickly approaching completion.  A big thanks to our interior design team who has done a tremendous job with a difficult assignment.  Thanks to every volunteer who has come to help out thus far.  Thanks to everyone who has given toward the project as God has blessed you.  This Sabbath, Sunnyside really is a more beautiful place because of all the work and sacrifice that has been done.  This phase of the project is being completed more quickly than we could have imagined! That’s great news because the fellowship hall will be beautiful and functional for all of our spring and summer events.  It is also challenging because the speed of the project has outpaced the project income by a bit.  A few months ago, the church board decided to borrow up to $20,000 from our capital fund to help float the project along. We’ve worked hard to stay on budget.  So far, so good!  But as we stand today, we are nearing a place where we would need to dip farther into that capital fund to cover our obligations.  As the work is being completed over the next two weeks, please consider, as God has blessed you, how you can be a part of completing the funding for this project.  We’re almost there!  Thanks for your continued support of our church as we work together to inspire our community.

If you were in church last Sabbath, you may have heard me suggest an online tool to guide each of us in identifying or re-affirming the ways in which God has used us for His work before.  The Bible knows this as Spiritual Gifts.  Serving in one’s church community is a critical component of a healthy spiritual life.  It may not seem like it, but it’s as we look outside ourselves to the needs of the community and church that we are refreshed in our own journey with Jesus.  That’s why we want to help you reaffirm how God has gifted you.  Take a few moments to do your gifts assessment here, or go to our website

Thanks for all that you each do to make Sunnyside a great community in which to worship and serve!

May God grant you a great Sabbath blessing!

Pastor Jonathan  

News & Notes

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Sabbath worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Sunnyside Pathfinders will be leading out in our services and our Bible message entitled Call Upon the Lord will be presented by Pastor Jonathan Russell.

This afternoon at 5:00 pm: Romania II Sixteen Days and Seventy-five Sermons. Come and see the pictures and hear the stories about Sunnyside’s winter mission trip to Romania.

Church Announcements

In 1 Peter 4:10, we are told that God has given each of us special gifts and calls us to use them to serve one another. To find out what God has given you, we would like to invite you to take the Spiritual Gifts Discovery Assessment.

  • Take this assessment online at
  • Connect your gifts to areas of ministry
  • View your results
  • Download a profile sheet for each of your gifts
  • No computer — no problem! Printed copies are available on the table in the Narthex (please submit your results to the office).
  • Kids, there is a special link for you to take an assessment, also printed copies in the Narthex (again, please submit your results to the office).

One of our Pathfinders is trying to earn extra money to go to Oshkosh by babysitting. If you have a need or know of someone that does, please contact the church office for more information at 503-252-8080.

March 22, 6:00 pm: Sunnyside’s Spring Family Vespers will take place in our sanctuary.

March 26, 7:00 pm: Canadian Union College concert.

Attend the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus 20th Anniversary Festival concerts – April 5 at the Sunnyside Adventist Church – two identical concerts at 3:30 and 7:30 pm. Tickets are required. Free tickets are available at or call 503-410-6970 if you do not have internet access. Register early as seating is limited.


Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Academy students went door to door collecting food for Portland Adventist Community Services. Read more  e-Headlines!

Portland Adventist Elementary
There is a need for host families for one or two 4th-6th grade students visiting PAES from Taiwan for the week of April 20-27. If you are interested, please contact the program coordinator, Julie Feng, directly, 503-244-0879.

Area Events

Walla Walla Valley Academy’s acrobatic team and orchestra will be participating at the Trailblazers vs. Wizzards NBA game March 20, 7:00 pm, here in Portland. The orchestra will be playing the National Anthem and AcroKnights will be doing the halftime show. This great opportunity does come with a cost to us in that we need to sell a certain number of tickets to the game that night. If you are interested, you may purchase tickets by calling Pam at 509-525-1050, or email

March 15, 2:30 pm: Pleasant Valley Church hosts a free seminar by Project Patch: “Help! Technology is Invading My Home!” This seminar focuses on raising awareness, strengthening relationships, setting helpful boundaries, and creating teachable moments. Reduce the chance that your kids will be caught by the negatives of technology For more information and to register call 503-658-2248.

March 16, 6:00 pm: Stone Tower Church presents “Paul the Play” A production depicting the life and ministerial adventures of the Apostle Paul in a one-man, one-act dialogue by Steve Steenmeyer.

March 17, 7-9 pm: Beaverton Church hosts a cooking class. Jean and Penney will show how to make some healthy and tasty meals.

March 22, 6:00 pm: Hood View Church presents “Hell and Mr. Fudge” the movie based on the true-life story of a well-respected author and theologian, Edward Fudge.

March 20-May 22, Sunday & Thursday, 6:15-8:30 pm, supper included: Beaverton Church. CHIP+ Complete Health Improvement Program. For more information go to

March 28 is the deadline to order tickets for the Portland Trailblazers vs. the Pelicans game on April 6. A portion of each ticket purchased will go to support Big Lake Youth Camp. Be sure to stay after the game for a special Big Lake event on the Moda Center court! Tickets are $31 each and may be ordered at 503-850-3583.

March 28-30: Twin Rocks Camp, Rockaway Beach hosts the 2014 Oregon Prayer Conference featuring Pastor Pavel Goia on the subject of prayer. For more information or to register, go to

April 1, 6:30 pm: Lents Church will host Karen Harris, Certified Financial Planner, in an interactive seminar on financial planning concepts including: Cash Reserve, Cash Flow, Insurance, Benefits, Investments, Income Tax, Retirement, and Estate Planning. Register at or 503-774-7290.

April 5, 7:00 pm: Pleasant Valley Church hosts Mary Grace will share her testimony in word and song. Bring a friend.

April 13-17: Vancouver Church hosts a “Gardening Workshop.” Learn secrets to a healthy garden with Lynn Hoag of Sun Country Gardens. Grow nutritious foods year round using methods given by inspiration over 100 years ago. Invite your friends and neighbors. Fee. For more information contact Marilyn Puccinelli at or call 360-609-1461.

May 2-4: Grove Christian Camp hosts Oregon Men’s Retreat. Mike Tucker, speaker/director of Faith for Today, will speak on “Your Identity in Christ. for more information or to register go to

May 16-18: Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Oregon will host the Rockwood Women’s Retreat featuring Kay Rizzo. Cost $140 per person. Vegetarian meals provided. To register call 503-661-4100 or 503-667-0230. Please register by March 31.


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