March 14 Communiqué

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Greetings Church Family!

Last Sunday evening, our fellowship hall was the setting for a beautiful event.  The lasagna was lovingly prepared by Lloyd and Lorrie.  The salad and breadsticks were thoughtfully donated by the local Olive Garden.  The desserts were handcrafted by Sunnyside’s men (and women).  Twenty-five tables were arrayed about the room as 200 expectant people gathered for the Moving Forward Benefit.  Gale Crosby, bedecked in a tuxedo, presided over the auction of hot air balloon rides and weekend car rentals, among other donations from kind-hearted benefactors.  By the time the lights had gone out and the room was quiet again, $40,000 had been raised for Sunnyside’s Family Resource Network. The night would have been impossible without the tireless effort and organization of Carl and Becky Haggerty.  It would have been improbable without the willing effort of more than a dozen volunteers, a variety of major sponsors, and the prayers of Sunnyside’s people.

And yet it happened.  A beautiful portrait of God’s people coming together to support an important cause.  A moment when the community pooled its resources and held up someone in need.  An instant when the church of God reflected the Image of God. In the first chapter of Isaiah, God calls out to His people: “Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.”

He reminds us that God’s people are those that stand up for those who can’t stand for themselves.  God’s people are those who help provide for those who can’t do it on their own.  God’s people are a community that inspire each other, hold each other up, and band together in pursuit of the kingdom of God.

Last Sunday that happened!

And it happens each day someone chooses to write a note of spiritual encouragement.  It happens each time someone mows the lawn of another who can’t or takes a bag of groceries to a family in need. It happens when hugs are shared, when deep conversations occur, when those who are grieving are enveloped in the presence of others who grieve with them.

These are the moments when we are truly church family.  These are the moments I’m thankful that I get to be a part of this family.

I’m looking forward to worshipping together with each of you tomorrow!  Happy Sabbath!

Pastor Jonathan

News & Notes

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

This afternoon, 3:00 pm, there will be a memorial service for Milton Willoughby.

This evening at 6:00 pm, we will enjoy our annual Spring Concert featuring some of Portland’s finest musicians sharing their talents in praise to God. Refreshments will be served after the program. You will not want to miss this.

Tomorrow, Sunday, 8:30 am, there will be a special Elders Prayer Breakfast.

Church Announcements

The Family Resource Network thanks all of you who made the Benefit Dinner and Auction a huge success! And a special thank you to Carl and Becky Haggerty for their hard work in putting it all together. The night consisted of 220 guests, 45 volunteers, 25 table sponsors and hosts, and 1 fabulous auctioneer. We had a wonderful time of fellowship, giving, and good old-fashioned fun. In the end we raised $40,000 for the Family Resource Network. Thank you to everyone who gave, came, and supported the program.

Millennial Matrix Update: An important part of our Millennial Matrix Project is the local survey data we are able to utilize. Please help us get good information! If you were born iMMn the years 1980-2000, please take 15 minutes to take a brief survey regarding your experience with faith and church. You can take the survey on any web-connected device by using the QR code or navigating the following link: Hurry! The survey closes on Friday!

The Family Resource Network thanks all of you who made the Benefit Dinner and Auction a huge success! And a special thank you to Carl and Becky Haggerty for their hard work in putting it all together. The night consisted of 220 guests, 45 volunteers, 25 table sponsors and hosts, and 1 fabulous auctioneer. We had a wonderful time of fellowship, giving, and good old-fashioned fun. In the end we raised $40,000 for the Family Resource Network. Thank you to everyone who gave, came, and supported the program.


If you can speak Kenyarwanda, or know of someone that can, we are looking for assistance with translation services. Please contact the church office at 503-252-8080.

Sunnyside Upcoming Events

March 21, 7:00 pm: Christian Edition Concert
March 28, 11:00 am: Hymn Fest with Melvin West
April 4, 8:45 am, 11:15 am: Easter Worship Services
April 17, 7:00 pm: Sacramento Academy Concert, Bethani King, director
May 3, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
May 9, 4:00 pm: Organ Concert, Karl Helton, organist
May 17, 3:00 pm: Oregon Sinfonietta
May 23, 7:00 pm: Laura and Alison Concert
May 30, 7:00 pm: Portland Adventist String Concert (Youth Orchestra)
June 13, 5:00 pm: Strawberry Festival
June 15-19,8:30 pm: Vacation Bible School

 Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy

Five Portland Adventist Academy students were recently recognized for achievement in the Spanish language and inducted into the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, a national honor society for Spanish students.

Read more about PAA students who excel in Spanish here:

Portland Adventist Elementary

Area Events

YOU are Needed!
The Oregon Conference is requesting all who are willing and able to volunteer during Camp Meeting this year. We are seeking volunteers for both Hispanic Camp Meeting (July 16-18) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 21-25). We need volunteers for hospitality, shuttle drivers, safety and security, as well as licensed RNs and EMTs for 8-hour shifts. Whether you would like to work a shift daily or only have time for a single shift, your services would be greatly appreciated. To volunteer go to or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at or by phone at

March 14, 4:00 pm: Vonda Beerman, Angel Award winner, presents an inspirational-style sacred Christian music combined with heart-touching testimony. Refreshments following.
Event Location: Lents Church

March 15 at 3:00 pm: Concordia Chorale with Kurt Berentsen, Director. They will be performing German Requiem by Brahms.
Event Location: St. Michael’s Lutheran Church on the corner of NE 29th and NE Dekum

March 15, 3:30 pm: Healthy Supper Club features a health presentation with a healthy plant based meal. Cooking Demonstration by Leslie Poulivaati. To register call 503-232-6018 or 503-893-9022.

March 15, 4:30 pm: Oregon Conference Jr. High Choir Festival 2015. Hear 7th and 8th graders from the Oregon Conference Adventist schools perform in this annual event.
Event Location: Rockwood Church

March 16, 6:30 pm: Naturally Gourmet Cooking Class #5. This is the last of this series. If you haven’t been able to attend any of the classes, come and bring a friend. Enjoy supper at 6:30 pm. You will be served from foods that will be demonstrated.
Event Location: Beaverton Church.

March 20, 7:30 pm: Christian Edition Men’s Chorus in concert. Christian Edition is directed by Pleasant Valley’s own Calvin Knipschild. Bring a friend!
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church

March 27-29: Oregon Prayer Retreat features Jeffrey Rosario, speaker and teacher at Light Bearers Ministry and ARISE as our keynote speaker. We will meet at the Twin Rocks camp at Rockaway Beach on the beautiful Oregon coast. For more info, or to register, go to:

March 29 and April 26, 10 am-4 pm: Two-Day “Hands-On” Gardening Workshop. Calling all gardeners! Beginners or experienced, children welcome. Learn how to grow the most nutritious, healthful healing and tasty produce ever!  We will have classroom instruction and we will plant the garden and a fruit tree using methods given by the Pen of Inspiration over 100 years ago. Cost: $15/person or $25/family. Includes handouts. Bring your own brown bag lunch, garden rake and shovel. Instructors: Lynn Hoag, and Jon Frank, International Ag Labs (via DVD) For information call Marilyn Puccinelli at 360-609-1461.
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Church.

April 4,3:00 pm: Easter Cantata entitled, At the Cross: Where Love and Mercy Meet, an inspirational musical. The message through song, narration, orchestration, and visuals directed by Richard Herington, will be a powerful witness to the love of God on Easter weekend.
Event Location: Hood View Church

April 10, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm and April 11, 9:30 am-7:30 pm: Vancouver Seeds Church Planting and Innovative Evangelism Conference. Special speakers and Josh Jamieson musical guest. Sponsored by the Oregon Conference NADEI.

April 12, 4:30 pm: Rivergate Adventist Elementary Auction. “A Night in Paris” is a catered, adult-only event held at the Tumwater Room in Oregon City. Silent auction with dinner and an oral auction following. Tickets $25/per person available at the school office. For more information call 503-656-0544 or email at

April 15, 6:30 pm, Healing Hope Church
April 22, 6:00 pm, Mt Tabor Church
April 25, 7:00 pm, Hood View Church
The Asante Children’s Choir, made up of children from Uganda, Rwanda, & Burundi, will be performing “The Jericho Tour.” The Choir is dedicated to spreading love, hope, and joy while raising awareness for the desperate plight of orphans and other vulnerable children. Their colorful clothing, pounding drums, and sweet voices demonstrate their hope and dream for a brighter future. Their inspirational stories of resilience have instilled hope in the hearts of all those who have seen them perform. This is a free performance.

May 29, 30, 2015: Hood View Church’s 50th anniversary homecoming.  A small group of Adventists from Gresham and Sandy first met on April 3, 1965, in what is now the Bell Tower Chapel in Boring. They were formally organized on May 29 of that same year. Save the date and plan to join us as we recognize God’s providence over the years!
Evemt Location: Hood View Church

July 17-30, 2015: 2015 Great Controversy tour with Dr. Gerard Damsteegt of the Seminary, Andrews University. See the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation come alive in Europe. Visit Rome, the Waldensian Valleys, Switzerland, Germany, and France. Experience Early Christianity, the Dark Ages, the Reformation, and the “deadly wound.” For more information email:, or call 269-815-8624.

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