April 11 Communiqué

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Sunnyside Members and Friends!

We pray that you have each had a wonderful and fruitful week.  We are aware of a number of families and friends on our prayer list and please know, you are remembered.

This Sabbath is going to be a special time for Sunnyside in that Portland Adventist Elementary School is going to be doing our worship service.  Lots of music is planned and Annika Geschke is our guest speaker.  The nervous kids all deserve our support.  They are tomorrow’s church in action today.

Also, during second service, we are going to witness the baptism of Robert (Bob) Glass.  Many of you have had an opportunity to meet Bob who has been attending Sunnyside for over a year.  He has also been attending the Nielsen/Geschke SS Class.  A little over a year ago, Bob’s mother-in-law, Irene Robinson, was baptized.  Bob, who is of Jewish background, started thinking and inquiring.  After  hours of Bible study and dialogue, Bob has requested to take this step.  From time to time you will see Bob’s wife, Cynthia, attend.  She is in a wheelchair from a car accident years ago that almost took her life; you will find her to be a very special person with a passion for Christ.

Assisting with the baptism will be Pastor (Rabbi) Alexander Bolotnikov.  Sasha, as he is called, is an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister who has assisted in getting started about a dozen Adventist Jewish congregations in North America.  He is now working with new congregations in Vancouver and Belleview, Washington.  Sasha, a native from Russia, also travels the world for the church facilitating in this same regard.  Sasha has also played a part in Bob’s spiritual growth, and as a result, Sasha and I (Scott) will together baptize Bob.  A tribute to Bob will be presented by Helen Salo, a professional soprano from Russia who, from time to time, assists Sasha in holding public meetings.  Her song, Moses Rejoice, will be sung in Hebrew with the English words on the screen.

I do want to encourage everyone to plan to come to the church this week, Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm, as Sunnyside continues in its quest of envisioning our mission for the next five years and finding the pastoral staff to lead out in this journey.  Many of you have already been part of group visioning sessions, but others have not had an opportunity to voice your dreams for Sunnyside.  If you are one of those, then Monday is especially for you.  Wednesday’s business meeting is being called for the purpose of electing a pastoral search committee.  Pastor Dave Allen will chair this meeting.  Please, come and lend your voice and vote for this committee.

See you tomorrow,

Pastor Scott & Staff

News & Notes

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Our worship services are at 8:45 am and 11:15 am. This week Annika Geschke
will present our Bible message entitled “The Pursuit of Happiness.”

TherMMe is a survey that we’re asking everyone to take. It gives us more information to help lead the church in the direction you want it to go. Please go to www.SunnysideAdventist.org/survey1, or read the QR code. It takes just a few minutes and will help us make educated decisions for your church. It is anonymous, so you have nothing to fear – we just need your input!

All women are invited to attend Sunnyside’s Women of Faith – Unwrap the Bible event. The first session was last evening, and the second will be this afternoon starting at 2:00 pm. There will be a women’s potluck right after the second service, before the meeting begins.

Tomorrow, Sunday, 5:00 pm, Nominating Committee will meet in the Bridal Room.

Church Announcements

Monday, AMark Calendarpril 13, 7:00 pm, there will be a 20/20 Visioning Focus Group. This is your most direct opportunity to have a say in the vision and direction of Sunnyside into the future.

Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 pm, a Church Business Meeting, for the purpose of selecting a Pastoral Search Committee, will meet in Room 62. Your opinion matters and we want each of you to be there.


On April 18 we are honored to host the 2015 Oregon Conference Stewardship Summit. Dr. Erika Puni, GC Director of Stewardship, will present our worship services. Dr. Larry Evans will present a General Sabbath School at 10:00 am.
The afternoon sessions begin at 2:00 pm, and the topics are:

  • Stewardship In A Changing World
  • All Grown Up and No Place To Go
  • An Expression of Faithfulness
  • Offering Our Best
  • Disappointed With God – The Gospel According to Judas

Lunch will be provided immediately following the second service for those attending the afternoon sessions. 

On April Baby Shower19, 2015, 3:00 pm, you are invited to a party celebrating Isabeau, Chandra and Alin Dragulin’s daughter. She soon will be 10 months old, and wears size 12-months.. We will be celebrating Isabeau in Sunnyside Church’s fellowship hall. Everyone is invited; gifts are welcome.  For more information contact Darlene Manullang at 503-698-1364.

Sunnyside Upcoming Events
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
Thanks to modern technology, Portland Adventist Academy has been able to stay in touch with most of their missionary groups. Read the (nearly) day-by-day account of what’s happening in the Dominican Republic at an International Children’s Care orphanage:

PAA Alumni weekend will be May 2-3. The schedule is as follows:
Sabbath, May 2: 10:30 am: Church Service with Dr. Randal Wisbey. Class photos following church. Lunch provided.
3:00 pm Alumni concert featuring PAA’s band and choir.
4:30 pm Retirement party for Linda Neel.
Sunday, May 3, 10:00 am: Tea Party Benefit: Calling all women! Delicious food, tea, and conversation. Free, but must reserve a seat. Call 503-255-8372 or email tcouch@paasda.org.

Portland Adventist Elementary
PAES Open House – We would like to invite all families to join us for our annual Open House and Book Fair on Thursday, April 30. Sulzle’s famous veggie burger dinner is being served from 5-6:30 pm for $5.00, root beer floats $1.00; the book fair will be open from 5-7:30 pm; classrooms will be open from 5:30-7 pm. Come hang out with friends and family, have some yummy food, buy some books, and see what the kids have been doing!!

Area Events

You’re invited! Visit a new website, www.Called2Pray.org, to join together in prayer with fellow Oregon Conference church members. Together we will pray for personal needs, local church needs and Oregon Conference needs. We will thank and praise God together. And we will ask for God’s special blessing on the Oregon Spanish and English Camp Meeting, July 16-25, 2015. Visit often for inspirational posts. Like us on Facebook too at occalled2pray.

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 http://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at

100 Days of Prayer for the 2015 General Conference Session will begin March 25 and continue through to the end of GC Session on July 11. Pray for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to be fully experienced by our church members and leaders during GC Session. For more information view www.100daysofprayer.org

March 28-April 25, Sat. thru Tues eves, 7:00 pm: Lyle Albrecht will be presenting a series entitled “Prophetic Signs.” Lyle has degrees in communications, history and theology. He has studied Bible prophecy extensively, especially focusing on Daniel and Revelation, and has visited 55 countries, most recently returning from a tour of the Middle East where he observed firsthand the explosive situation there.
Event Location: Healing Hope Church.

April 8-12 7:00 pm; Sunday 2:00 pm: Health Seminar: From Sickness to Health. Learn simple and practical health principles. How to optimize your health and increase your energy, overcome lifestyle diseases, including diabetes and high blood pressure from national health coach and author, Rico Hill. To register email fromsickness2health@gmail.com or call 503-609-0780.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Medical Center.

April 10-12:  Young Adult Spring Retreat. Join us; our guest speaker will be Pastor Nick Jones. The registration fee is $25 per person before April 3, $35 per person after April 3. The cost includes lodging, food, and activities. You must be 18 or older to attend. To learn more or to register fro the weekend, visit http://bit.ly/1ET9ljh.
Event Location: Camp Magruder, Rockaway Beach.

April 10-12: Columbia Adventist Academy Homecoming. Honor classes are 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2005, and 2015. If you have questions or need further information please contact Larry Hiday at 360-687-3161.
Event Location: Columbia Adventist Academy.

April 11, 5:00 pm: Portland Adventist Academy Gospel Choir Benefit Concert.
Event Location: Sharon Adventist Church.

April 11, 7:30 pm: Violinist Jamie Jorge, celebrating twenty-five years of incredible music, will present an unforgettable, life-changing concert.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church, Vancouver, Wash.

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 office@rgsda.org.
Event Location: Rivergate Adventist Elementary.

April 12, 5:00 pm: NW Veg Gresham Area Vegan Community Potluck. Please join NW Veg in welcoming Paige Common, owner at Eatin’ Alive, as we hop into Spring with some delicious new ideas on how to use fresh greens to prepare wraps and sauces as well as a light decadent sweet treats. Please bring a Vegan (plant-based) dish with no animal products (including honey) and a card listing its ingredients. NW Veg strives for a zero waste event, so please bring your own plates and utensils. For more details go to: www.nwveg.org.
Event Location: Healing Hope Church.

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.

April 17, 4:00-6:00 pm: Cherry Park Elementary Fit Family Fun Fair. Our neighboring school is putting on a community engaging health fair offering services and information. This fair is designed for all ages featuring age-appropriate activities for the whole family. Free haircuts / prizes / self care demonstrations / fun games for the kids / cooking demonstrations / entertaining skits / free refreshments / goodies and much more!
Event Location: Cherry Park Elementary School, 1930 SE 104th Ave, Portland 97216, in the gym.

April 20, 6:30 pm:  Cooking class featuring exciting breakfast ideas.
Event Location: Beaverton Church.

April 24-25: Native American Camp Meeting. The 2015 theme is “Cooperating With Our Creator.” Edward Dunn, First Nations, Canada and Monte Church, Native Ministries, NPUC, will be the speakers. There will be a Fun Run/Walk Friday afternoon with a meeting in the evening and a full day on Sabbath. Sabbath lunch is a potluck but all other meals (Friday through Sabbath supper) are provided. Bring a musical instrument and join in!
Event Location: Belknap Adventist Church, Harlem, Montana.

April 26, 10 am-4 pm:  “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, SunCountryGardens.com and Jon Frank, International Ag Labs (via DVD) For information call Marilyn Puccinelli at 360-609-1461.
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Church.  

May 1-3: The 2015 Oregon Men’s Summit is at Grove Christian Camp, east of Cottage Grove by beautiful Dorena Lake. Our speaker this year is Elder C.A. Murray, a speaker and producer at 3ABN. For more info and to register, go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2015-men.

May 1-3: Weekend Family Camp. Family Challenge – Hope and healing for families. You can have a fun, peaceful and loving family! Join other families for the tools and support. For more information and registration: www.familychallengecamp.org.
Event Location: Tualatin Valley Academy.

May 2, 3:30 pm: Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus presents is 21st annual festival concert. For free tickets go to www.oamc.org or call 503-501-7161.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church, Vancouver.

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.

June 12-13: Better Life Camp Meeting. Register early because our guest speaker this year is Doug Bachelor. There will be children’s and youth programs as well. We have rooms, RV spots and tent camping available as well as cafeteria meals from Friday evening through Sunday morning breakfast. You won’t want to miss this Spirit-filled Christ-centered weekend. For more information or to register go to www.betterlifetv.tv or email to kp@betterlifetv.tv.
Event Location: Milo Adventist Academy.

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: gctours@mac.com, or call 269-815-8624.

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