May 7 Communiqué

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Greetings Sunnyside Family,

One week from today, Lee Venden will arrive at Sunnyside and begin his “All About Jesus” revival series. A couple of weeks ago, Heidi Hill shared her spiritual journey which was revitalized by the ministry of Pastor Venden. Lee’s heart for Jesus and simple way of inspiring others to fall in love with Jesus again is sure to inspire our community of faith. Whether you’re brand-new to Adventism, or are a fifth-generation believer, this series will open your eyes again and encourage you toward a fresh experience with your Savior.

This series is a bit different than others we’ve had at Sunnyside before.  Often, we will have separate children’s programming in conjunction with evening meetings.  We considered that for this meeting also. But as I talked with Lee, his experience is that between the children’s feature in each meeting and the stories that he tells in the main presentation, children are just as tuned in as adults. As a family-focused church, we want to make it easy for children and their parents to worship together. If you have kids, I hope that they’ll be there (and don’t forget to pick up an “All About Jesus” activity sheet). If you have grandkids, bring them along. If you know of other family members or former church members that would be blessed by this series, take a flyer or two and make sure that others know about it.

I know that a nine-day commitment is a big one for many of us. Nevertheless, I expect that when we commit to our corporate spiritual growth, we will grow together into a closer, more connected, more faithful, more energized community of faith. I hope that you will journey with us as we go.

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to live stream the evening meetings, but we will have a free shuttle running from Cherrywood each evening. Call the church office for reservations.

I can’t wait to see what God will do in our community through the ministry of Lee Venden.  Plan to be there!  You won’t be disappointed.


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: Patient Saints.”

Our monthly fellowship potluck is today immediately following the second service. You are invited to stay, enjoy great food, good friendships, and make new acquaintances.

Join us this afternoon, 2:00, for Adventurer Investiture. All are welcome.

Church Announcements 

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

Raymond and Marion Betz on the passing of Marion’s father who lived in Canada.

Rosemary Wanjiku whose mother in Kenya passed away this last week.

Calvin Hartnell who passed away April 3. A memorial service will be conducted for him Sunday, May 22, 10:30 am, here at Sunnyside Church.

Robert Hillberg who passed away April 6. A memorial service will be conducted for him Monday, May 9, 4:00 pm, here at Sunnyside Church.

All About Jesus revival series with Lee Venden will be here May 13-21. There will be nightly meetings with a light supper available for purchase on weeknights beginning aVenden snapshott 5:30 pm (complimentary on Fridays) and meetings at 6:30 pm. Please check our website,, for more details on food and presentations. Sabbath the presentations will be different at each worship service. As you experience this series, 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.

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 15,10 am–noon and May 22, 2–4 pm. If you can help, please contact Carl Haggerty 917-374-6453.

Student assistance applications are now available. For those families seeking aid in attending one of our Adventist schools for the 2016-2017 school year, contact the church office on how to receive assistance. Applications must be received by June 1.

The Oregon Sinfonietta, directed by Donald Appert, will be in concert here at Sunnyside May 15, 3:00 pm, featuring Jonathan Liao, cmso winner, playing Mozart.

May 21, 7:00 pm, PASO Portland Adventist String Orchestra & Opus Strings will present a concert “Reunited for Heaven,” celebrating their 10th year of music. This will be their season finale reunion concert directed by Hunter Petty.

Vacation Bible School is July 11-15. This year’s theme is Cave Quest – Following Jesus, the Light of the World. As always, we are soliciting volunteers. If you have helped in years past, please give Emilie a call; if you have never helped, we have a place for you. Please contact Emilie Butler at 503-853-4264 if you are available to help.

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.


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 Remembers Tim Ellis
This Saturday (Alumni Sabbath), from 4-5:30 pm, we’re having a special event to remember our 20-year music teacher, Tim Ellis.

Urgent announcement!
Portland Adventist Academy needs substitute teachers. Substitutes do not need a teaching certificate but must have a college degree. Please contact PAA at 503.255.8372 if you’re interested and have a few flexible hours a week to share.

Alumni Weekend, May 7, 2016! PAA/PUA welcomes all to Alumni Weekend 2016. Honored classes are: 1946, 1956, 1966, 1976, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2006.  Everyon is invited to church at 10:30, in the PAA Gym for music, memories from alumni, and thoughts from Pastor Dustin Serns ‘ 06. Class picutres ofr honored classes immediately following church. Lunch is available in the cafeteria (donations accepted).

Portland Adventist Elementary

The annual Portland Adventist Elementary School Constituency is scheduled for May, 16, 2016, 7:00 pm. in the PAES Gymnasium. The agenda is a follows: (1) Worship/Prayer (2) Minutes for May 2015 meeting (3) Finance Report/ Budget 2016-2017 (4) Administrative Report (5) Dreams for our School (6) Closing Prayer.

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 or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at or by phone at 503- 850-3575.

May 15, 10:00 am-4:00 pm: “Hands On” Gardening Workshop.
Learn from Lynn Hoag, in person, from  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 or call 360-609-1461.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.

May 15, 10 am-5 pm: Pathfinder Fair.
The Oregon Conference Pathfinder Fair is an annual end-of-the-Pathfinder-year event. Pathfinders gather from around the Conference to share their accomplishments. The opening ceremony starts with a parade followed by a day filled with activities, exhibits, demonstrations, and good food. Closing prayer concludes the day.
Event Location: Oregon State Fair Expo Center, Salem, Oregon.

May 21, 7:00 pm: Multicultural Benefit Vespers with Esther Nakashima.
Join Esther Nakashima & friends for a wonderful evening of culture and music. A love offering will be taken to benefit the Nakashima family’s school in the Philippines. Invite a friend!
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.

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 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 or 408-805-5864, or Carl Parker at or 971-803-2337. This special event is being sponsored by Adventist Medical Evangelism Network – AMEN.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Academy Gym.

Job Opportunities:

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 or mail to 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220.

The Oregon Conference Administration Department is hiring an executive assistant.For more information, please visit, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to


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