April 23 Communiqué

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Dear Church Family,

Sunnyside is a church community on mission. It’s easy to see when we send small teams of people across the world to serve the needs of the third world for two or three weeks.  It’s less obvious when a small group faithfully prepares meals week in and week out for hungry and overburdened college students.  Or when one or two people spend countless volunteer hours setting up chairs and tables for the endless study groups, ministry teams, and committees that happen in the life of Sunnyside.

This past week, our church board took a major concrete step toward more effective mission and ministry in our local community.  On August 26, 2016, the Adventist Medical Evangelism Network will set up shop at Portland Adventist Academy to provide free dental and vision care to the underprivileged of Portland.  Last Wednesday, Sunnyside officially signed on as a sponsor for the event.  We will partner with Adventist Medical Center and many Adventist churches in Portland to bring this vital service to our neighbors. In addition to committing local mission funding to this event, we took on the task of recruiting many volunteers to help make the weekend a success.  Before long, you’ll hear much more about the details of this event.  But for now, I affirm our board for taking the call of missions seriously and taking concrete steps to reach our neighborhood.  We fully intend that this will be the beginning of a fruitful relationship with AMC as we partner in various ways to bring hope and healing to Southeast Portland.

It is the fulfillment of our mission to inspire a community toward a life transformed by Jesus. And it’s one aspect of the vision we have identified to “be connected with our surrounding community.”  Wherever He went, Jesus had a reputation as one who would bring healing and hope to everyone He met.  May we develop the same reputation in this community.  Plan now to volunteer on August 26 and 28 as we work together to bring healing to our neighbors.

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. Pastor Jonathan Russell  will present the Bible message entitled “Transformed Life: Unspeakable Joy.”

A “Sunnyside Spiritual Staycation” featuring inspirational speakers from the Oregon Conference Women’s Retreat and Women of Faith beginning Friday evening at 7:00, and continuing this afternoon at 1:00 pm. We will also meet Sunday 9:30 am – 2:00 pm, with a brunch potluck. Everyone is welcome. It is reported, “this insight made scripture jump off the page and settle into my heart.” Come, enrich your spiritual journey and experience God’s blessings.

Church Announcements 

Pray for comfort and peace for the families and friends of… 

Margie Whitmore who passed away March 30. A memorial service will be conducted for her this Sabbath, April 23, 2:00 pm, at CherryWood Gabriel Chapel.

Calvin Hartnell who passed away April 3. A memorial service will be conducted for him Sunday, May 22, 10:00 am, here at Sunnyside Church.

Robert Hillberg who passed away April 6. A memorial service will be conducted for him Monday, May 9, 10:00 am, here at Sunnyside Church.

A “Sunnyside Spiritual Staycation” is coming on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 22-24, for both men and women, to be held in the fellowship hall, sponsored by Women’s Ministries. Join us for programming from the Oregon Conference Women’s Retreat and Women of Faith to enrich your spiritual journey and experience God’s blessings.

Seder1April 29, 6:00 pm: Join the Sunnyside Family for our Passover Seder event. In the hours before He died, Jesus led a Passover Seder with His disciples. Come and experience the Seder together to gain deeper insight into the Last Supper and our present-day communion service. Free tickets required. SunnysideAdventist.org/tickets.

Ethiopia Mission Review will be presented April 30, 5:00 pm, in the Sanctuary. Come and hear an exciting report of all the happenings on the recent mission trip.

ReNew Sunnyside is quickly making a difference throughout our facility. It is time once again to do a carpet pull! We need volunteers to help pull carpet on May 1 and May 15, from 10 am–noon. If you can help, please contact Carl Haggerty at 917-374-6453.

Lee Venden will be here May 13-21, presenting an All About Jesus Revival Seminar. There will be nightly meetings with a light supper beginning at 5:30 pm; meetings at 6:30. Sabbath, the presentations will be different at each worship service. As you experience this seminar, it is our prayer that you will come to see Jesus in a whole new light, and that fresh glimpse of Him will move you beyond religious theory into a deeper walk with God.

Family Resource Network – We currently have a request from a family to rent a 3-4 bedroom house. If you know of one available, please contact us at 503-252-8080. Thank you for your support of the Family Resource Network. Many families have received the urgent help they needed because of your generosity. Mark your envelope “Family Resource Network” or account number 488.

Update: As many of your know the Family Resource Network has been assisting Alex Buchanan with his recovery from the bicycle accident which left him paralyzed. Alex has been working hard to regain his motor skills. Some of his accomplishments include:

  • An increase range of motion in the hamstrings and ankles
  • Significant increases in shoulder structural integrity allowing him to sit independently with arms extended behind him
  • Increased function of his core – he can maintain balance for 15 seconds
  • Increased shoulder strength and endurance that enables him to lie on his stomach propped up on his elbows for an extended amount of time
  • Significant reduction in blood pressure issues

We are proud of Alex and his progress and we pray for God’s continued blessing as he continues to regain strength and motion.


April 23, 6:00 pm: Passover Seder
May 1, 4:00 pm: Sunnyside Symphony Concert
May 15, 3:00 pm: The Oregon Sinfonietta Concert
May 21, 7:00 pm: PASSO Concert (Portland Adventist String Orchestra)
June 18, 5:30 pm: Strawberry Vespers
                  8:00 pm: Heritage Singers

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
PAA students visited a cadaver laboratory and got to hold, touch, and explore God’s incredible creations!
Feature Story:
Coos Bay SDA church gifted PAA athletes, students, and fans with a season finishing full of spiritual treasures!

Portland Adventist Elementary

Area Events

Come be a part of the team – Camp Meeting Team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, please consider volunteering during camp meeting this year. We’re looking for hard-working individuals who want to be involved serving God through service to others… and who want to have fun doing it.  We need volunteers for Hispanic Camp Meeting (July 14 – 16) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 19 – 23) in a variety of areas including hospitality, shuttle service, safety and security. We will also need licensed RNS & EMTs. Whether you can work one day or all week we’d love to have you on our team! To volunteer go to http://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at 503- 850-3575.

April 17-May 8: ABC Vegetarian Food and Book Sale.
The Adventist Book Center’s vegetarian food and book sale is featuring some exceptional super specials. For all the details, download the sale flyer at abcflyer.com
Event Location: Gladstone Adventist Book Center. 

April 29-May 1: Oregon Men’s Summit.
Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship. This year’s summit features
Ty Gibson, co-director of Light Bearers Ministry and pastor of the Storyline Church in Eugene. For more information on this year’s summit call 503-850-3559, or go to http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2016-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

April 30, 2:00 pm : Seeing Jesus Through Muslim Eyes
Seeing Jesus Through Muslim Eyes is a presentation by A Sure Harvest Ministries – one of the very few Adventist ministries that are sharing the gospel with Muslims around the world. You are invited to the seminar that will equip attendees for reaching out to Muslims, helping to fulfill the gospel commission. Presenter pastor Gerald Babanezhad, coordinator of Muslim outreach at the Pacific Union Conference, will share the historical setting and perspective of Islam, the role of Adventist church in sharing the Three Angels’ Messages with Muslims, Muslims’ understanding of Seventh-day Adventists, testimonies, and much more followed by Q&A time.
Event Location: Hood View Church.

May 1, 4:00 pm: The Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its 2015-16 Spring Concert to be held in conjunction with its first annual fundraiser – a silent auction to take place following the concert with previews before the concert and during intermission. A preview of auction items and information on donating will also be posted to our website.  Please visit our Facebook page and invite your friends to “like us!” http://www.SunnysideSymphony.org; https://www.facebook.com/sunnysidesymphony/
Event Location: Sunnyside Church.

May 10, 7:00 pm: Dr. Neil Nedley’s Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program.
Get your life back. Identify the causes of depression and anxiety, and overcome them through positive lifestyle changes. Achieve your peak mental performance and thrive in your faith, relationships, and work. Reserve your seat for the free introductory session, and receive a free gift when you attend (free gifts limited to the first 25 reservations). Call Jon Beaty at 503-567-2777.
Event Location: Sandy Adventist Church.

May 6, 7:15 pm:  First Friday.
The May First Friday will feature praise and worship by Holy Hypertribe from City Sanctuary Church, and an inspirational thought from Nelson of the Fish 104.1 morning show. We really hope you will be able to join us. This is a free event.
Event Location: AMC Amphitheater.

May 15, 10:00 am-4:00 pm: “Hands On” Gardening Workshop.
Learn from Lynn Hoag, in person, from SunCountryGardens.com  Learn how to grow even better than the best organic healthy, tasty fruits and veggies, using EGW methods and more…. Bring your lunch, garden rake, and shovel….A bargain at $25 per person/ couple…Free to previous attendees…bring someone new and get $5 credit. Contact Marilyn.Puccinelli@gmail.com or call 360-609-1461.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.

August 26-28, 2016: Impact Your Health Portland 2016.
A free medical, dental, and vision clinic weekend. You can volunteer for this event by visiting www.AmenSDA.org/mission/info/Portland-OR. Needed volunteers include physicians, nurses, EMTs, lifestyle counselors, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, mental health counselors, optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, translators, greeters, registration clerks, barbers/hair stylists, massage therapists, food coordinators, security, and prayer warriors. Contact Jenny Jin at jenny@JinFamily.com or 408-805-5864, or Carl Parker at PeopleMinistries@gmail.com or 971-803-2337. This special event is being sponsored by Adventist Medical Evangelism Network – AMEN.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Academy Gym.

Housing Need:
La Sierra University pre-med student needs housing from June 15-August 19. She will be taking an MCAT Prep course at Portland State University and will be studying in her free time and be very quiet. (MCAT is the medical school entrance exam). She is willing to pay rent. If you have an extra room in your home that you would be willing to rent out for two months, please contact Hannah Garza at 979-492-0815 or hannamgarza@gmail.com.”

Job Opportunity:
Now hiring! PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) is seeking two part-time Goods Processing Supervisors to supervise volunteers and oversee processing of goods donated to the thrift store. Please send resume to paul.cole@pacsonline.org or mail to 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220.

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